Our "feast days"

Feelings of emptiness and distance aren't inevitable if we're alone for the holidays. God promises us abundance.

Another holiday without my family! I was not looking forward to it—especially because it was Christmas. Ever since moving away from home I had had times of loneliness and separation, and now, with this busy season seeming to exaggerate the closeness of families, I felt even more at a loss. Everywhere I turned I saw people happily involved in family activities.

I knew that I could call up friends and stay with them, but I also knew that more was needed than to soothe the pangs of loneliness with social activities, even if they were done with the best of friends. What would I do after the visit was over? How would I feel when I was alone again?

December 21, 1987

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