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Throwback Thursday: Surviving a Blue Christmas


By Carolyn Dale Newell

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.

Ps. 42:11

Almost everyone gets down, even depressed, at some time. Usually, for me, it is around Thanksgiving, Christmas and Mother’s Day. The reason for my depression is my wayward daughter who has not communicated with me at all for over 7 years. You may have different reasons for your disquieted soul, such as a lost loved one or possibly you are totally alone.

Like the psalmist, I ask, “Why am I depressed?” I am a Christian, and I know that God has a purpose for everything in my life. I know that He loves me and it will work out for my good (Rom. 8:28). He gives me grace to handle it, and most of the time I am OK, but sometimes a memory is triggered. It may be a particular song, and there I go fighting back the tears. My only conclusion is that I am human.

I can hope in God, like the psalmist, and I can praise Him. It is amazing how praising God will lift your spirits. He is my Comforter and my Help. He is my Rock (v. 9). I trust Him, and I remember all His mercies and His abundant grace. I meditate on these things. Could it be, if the blues never came that I may forget God’s grace which sustains me? I need to praise God more for His grace. I also need to pray more When I start feeling down. I know my loving Father will comfort me.

Perhaps you feel down. You are only human, and you are not alone.   Hope in God, and remember all He has done. Praise Him – it is like medicine to the soul.

Dear Lord,

I praise You because You are in control. You know my troubled heart. You know the heart of every man. Lord, fill us with Your grace. Lift up the lonely, the sad and the grieving. Cover them in peace. Thank You, Lord, amen.


Read Psalm 42. Meditate on this Psalm today.


Praise God today for His goodness, mercy, love… Look for opportunities to encourage others who may feel sad during the holidays.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.



By Carolyn Dale Newell

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16 NKJV

Have you seen the Christmas movie about the elderly lady alone on Christmas Day reading her Bible? They never made a movie about it, but that is the reality for many folks this Christmas. There is the mom who is crying because of her wayward child, and there is the family who watched their home burn to the ground. Many will not have family to spend time with, while others dread the family dinner.

For many people Christmas will not be the happiest time of the year, but the first Christmas wasn’t that happy either. Mary, nine months pregnant, was weary from the long journey on a donkey. They could not even get a room, and they had to bunk with the animals. On top of all that, these two teenagers had to deliver Baby Jesus on their own. What they did have was joy.

They had the joy of birthing the Messiah into the world. They had the joy of knowing that God had chosen them for this honor. Their joy was in the fact that God loved them enough to send His Son to die in their place.

God loves us “so” much. No words can describe the depths of His love. God’s love is one that we cannot fathom. Paul wrote that it passes knowledge (Eph. 3:19). Jeremiah said, “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you” (Jer. 31:3).

God loves us when it seems like no one else does. God will not leave us even when others leave (Heb. 13:5).

Our Christmas may not be perfect, but we have the love of Jesus. They may steal our happy, but they can never steal our joy.

Father in heaven,

You love me! I just want to stay in this moment and try to absorb the immeasurable love You have for me. Even when I fail, You love me. Thank You. I love You! Amen.


Meditate on these verses: Rom. 8:38-39, 1 Cor. 2:9, Gal. 2:20, and 1 John 3:1.


Make the effort to brighten the Christmas of someone who struggles during this season.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.