Are you feeling like the Grinch this year?  Would you rather Christmas didn’t exist?

It’s Christmas week, a time that many people consider the most joyous time of the year. But that’s not true for everyone.

The holidays may be difficult for those struggling financially who can’t compete in the “Santa Claus” competition. Or those facing critical illness of a family member or themselves. Or those who feel that no one cares about them. And for those who are still grieving a loved one, images of happy families and music about memorable holidays remind them of what they have lost.

If you fall into one of those categories, cling to this truth: Jesus came as a baby, but He became a Comforter. Because Christ suffered so much for us, we can receive so much comfort from him (2 Corinthians 1:5, GW).

We worship the baby in the manger at Christmas, but it is only because He was rejected and crucified that He knows our pain, our suffering. Because He understands, He can comfort you.

Let the Comforter replace the Grinch in your heart.[Tweet “Not everyone finds #Christmas joyous. #CharacterofGod”]