The holidays can be an intense time. We may have additional demands, which keeps our minds and bodies busy and occupied; at the same time, the season may bring up losses, disappointed hopes, an awareness of time passing. With the disruption of our regular routine, we may start to process feelings we haven't given ourselves space to feel in the whirl of our daily lives. With the upcoming new year, we may take stock of our lives, with all the mixed feelings that examination brings.
Whenever a complicated or difficult feeling arises - stress, fear, weariness, disappointment, discouragement, judgment of yourself or others - feel the presence of Comforter, which has been promised you, embracing you, holding you in that moment.
This is not to say we shouldn't take time to feel our emotions and examine ourselves: just that the midst of the holidays, with increased demands and with feelings and expectations heightened, is not usually the best time.
Instead, for now, feel yourself as the loved of Love. To the Comforter, you are the child. You are forgiven. You are worthy. Accept and lean into the presence of the Comforter.