December 17, 2010 | 10:48 am

Friday – Never Alone

We know that one of the contributing factors to depression is isolation. And when we are alone, especially during the holidays or special occasions, it brings us down a few notches on the happiness scale. And it is exceptionally hard when we face great hardship, the kind in which we feel helpless to overcome it, to look around and find no one who cares. This is where helplessness turns to hopelessness. We can feel this individually and collectively, and the message of Christmas speaks to all who are alone and overwhelmed. The message is quite simple: God is with us. It began as a message to Israel when they were hopeless, and it continued through Christ when he reached out to the poor and the outcasts. It was received as a powerful message of hope because it let people know someone was with them, someone who cares and will never abandon them. For some of you this may sound like little help. After all, we can’t touch, see, or hear God the way we do one another. So how does this help us to know that we’re not alone? I’m not sure that I have a good answer other than to say that for millennia it has been enough for people to find a glimmer of hope that changed them and their futures.