But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Matthew 9:36
Last year I put up a blog post on December 25th entitled "Because Christmas Isn't Always Merry..." A reader made some comments on it in which she talked about what a painful time of year Christmas is for some people. She pointed out that some simply can't be "merry" or keep the tradition of celebrating with family as it's presented by the world. This can cause real distress and depression for those people.
I hadn't really expected to post a holiday challenge this year, but recently it popped into my head that one problem with the heavy celebration schedule that many people keep is that they fail to really see those who need to be seen the most - the hurting, the lonely, the ill, the downtrodden. I've written at length about remembering the poor and touched on the hurting and lonely people in that challenge as well as in the one to simplify your holidays. Perhaps this might seem like repeating myself, but sometimes we need to hear something from more than one angle before we really see it.