Cards and media messages at Christmas present happy images that don’t resonate with everyone. In the popular Christmas movie The Polar Express,
a friendless little boy from a poor neighborhood said sadly, “Christmas
doesn’t work for me.” Holidays that for many mean togetherness and
belonging are times of loneliness for others.
There are several ways to describe what I do as a program coordinator for a Lutheran congregation. The easiest way to sum it up is: I deal with loneliness.
I see it everywhere. In the recently widowed. In the eyes of the college or high school student who is struggling. In the eyes of a “happily married woman.” And in the eyes of the divorced people with whom I work. Most uncomfortably, I see it in myself. Working with the loneliness of others reminds me of my own.
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