There are many people who are alone at Christmas. Whether those we love and care about are absent because of death, distance, health or relational problems, being alone is not uncommon at Christmas or throughout the year. But at Christmas being alone can produce greater feelings of loneliness and sadness. All the festivities of friends and family gathering to celebrate Jesus' birth and to exchange presents, can be a painful reminder of that which is missing. While it is natural to experience sadness and loneliness, the Bible tells us those feelings can be overcome. The psalmist asked, "Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?" (Psalm 43:5a).
The psalmist asked the question, "Why is my soul downcast?" but notice the answer is not given. We can easily point to reasons for sadness and loneliness, but instead the psalmist gives the solution to uplift a downcast soul:
"Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God." (Psalm 43:5b)
Jesus is the "help of [our] countenance." Countenance refers to a person's face or facial expression, which reflects the state of one's soul. Is you countenance reflecting a dispirited heart and a downcast soul?