The Holidays, particularly Christmas and New Year, are some of the most enjoyable times of the year and are awaited with such anticipation. There are, on the other hand, those who have a difficult time with the Holidays due to the loss of loved ones and as others talk of the excitement they only can think of the void. For many years I was, and still am, one of those people. I lost my mother when I was 29 and my father at 36 - for my children's whole lives, we have had a void of sharing the Holidays with grandparents. What does one do when alone and what can one do after the Holidays when starting to feel down?
In Genesis 2:18, God said it is not good for man to be alone. He first and foremost speaks of a personal relationship with God and then with others. We need to be a friend and reach out to those who are feeling alone. You also, while feeling alone, need to reach out and help others. Do not be interested in our own life but take time to invest in others (Philippians 4:24).
When you do this you find purpose and break free of isolation and loneliness.
This is what is so great about your YMCA. It is an association of individuals - not a facility - individuals who care about one another and create social networks that provide opportunities to support and encourage one another, not only physically but mentally and spiritually. Not a day goes by that I do not see examples of individuals in action - encouraging others - through loss, health, finances, jobs, all sorts of experiences. Later on, it’s uplifting to see individuals who went through a difficult circumstance now helping others.
Your YMCA is an association of individuals who believe in the inherent good of one another and the mission to reach out to fellow man to make our community a better place, one person at a time. If you are one who shares our cause or if you are one who needs support or encouragement, come join the YMCA. We all will be better because you did. After all, "We are committed to each other.” ~ Ephesians 4:25