Isaiah 9:6 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
There are forms of famine that are tied with chronic pain and illness especially at Christmas. There is famine from the things you used to do such as: traveling to see friends and family on Christmas, participating in sports such as family basketball games at Christmas, attending Christmas parties at work, and job layoffs at Christmas. Even though some of you may think that a famine from working is not really a famine at all, but you must remember that working does not just serve to provide income, but to find a place where you belong and a piece of your identity. All of these, depending on what kind of disability or illness you have, cause us to have a famine that’s not just for a short period of time, but for the rest of our lives. This can become increasingly clear at Christmas. So it’s important to find things that are good for you that can fill in the blanks left by your famine such as: writing Christmas cards or calling a friend in need and perhaps finding someone who can help them with the shopping or things to be done before Christmas, reading your Bible and prayer especially praying for those you know will be alone at Christmas. These actions can help carry you through the season of Christmas famine you’re in and help you to spread some joy along the way.
Key words: Christmas famine, chronic pain, no traveling, Christmas alone, bring joy to others
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.