The Holiday Funk

For many, this season is a season of joy. For others who want it to be, it is a time of grief and depression. The commercialization of Christmas makes some feel that their gifts won’t be good enough for family and friends. The reality of an empty chair or an empty nest may be a cause for some to experience depression and grief. Some, like myself, struggle with the weather and find themselves down during the winter.

I remember the first cycle of holidays after my separation. I didn’t want to hear a Christmas song, a love song, and I especially did not want to see a Hallmark movie. I struggled to see whole families together because mine would never be the same. The days are still difficult keeping up with my kids via iPhone screen between visits, but we find ourselves adjusting to the new “normal”.

I did not write this as a depressing post but as one of hope. Four years later, I can testify to my God who has healed the brokenness in my life. He is the God who makes the crooked paths straight, providing streams in the desert and songs in the night.

Don’t forget that healing is a process. We are impatient by nature and tend to despise the process. God is with you in the process and will use you on the other side of your pain to help others.

To Those Who are experiencing the holiday funk, the One who went to the cross for your sin wants to love you through this. The Scripture is true that weeping enduring for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

Praying that the dawn comes soon for you,


Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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