Holidays are hard for some…family peeps and pups may be sensitive at Christmas with all the comings and goings. Words of wisdom for all who witness sadness. We all know of people who are going through a hard time. We have seen women who are irritable, defensive, and angry. When the evidence of depression shows up, it is our place to flash a smile of compassion. We simply let His love break through the dark cloud. The sad face that looks up is warmed. My neighbor is irritable, over reactive, and difficult to be around. His grief is ruling and I step back to give him space while I ask God to shower him with a deluge of tender kindness. A girlfriend’s emotions flare up with a show of dramatics. Her unrestrained tongue lashes out and I am careful to not give advice, but to just listen as I dispatch the Holy Spirit to calm the quakings of her outburst. The person I sit next to in church weeps silent tears. She fidgets in response to the message of love. Her fear that she is unworthy begs for comfort. Boldly I whisper a prayer that our Father give me the courage to hug her. The clerk at the grocery store is slow and downcast. He is old and weary of another holiday without enough. The holiday blues has overcome his countenance and I tip him with a generous smile. We all are aware of others who carry all their burdens on their faces. The woman who is loud, bossy and demanding. We how compassion on her because he may be riding a wild hormone roller coaster. Our impulse to scream or retreat is stilled by the Presence of God. Wisdom floods us as we bite our tongue when we feel like biting back. Our calming smile quickly soothes as we pray for God to touch her emotions. When we allow God’s ever present Love to speak and shine through us, His Peace hovers over the people He places in front of us. He calms, He heals, and He loves the hurting through us. Miracles happen in front of us and within us. God delivered us from our dark doom, and He continues to use us to help people get through any holiday blues. Rejoice in Him always! Look ahead with the perfect 2020 vision of God.