People are hurting all around us—and during the holidays, the burden of being away from family can weigh people down even more.
In 2014, Billy Graham responded to a hurting woman with the following words. I share it with you with a request that you pray for the children who spend the holidays at the Ranch, instead of with their families. If you are hurting, may Graham's words bring you comfort.
"I can understand your feelings, but most of all, I want to assure you that God knows what you've been going through and understands why you feel this way. The Bible says, 'But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.' (Psalm 86:15).
"When bad things happen to us, it's not easy to be thankful for them — or for anything else, for that matter. But as millions across our country gather today to celebrate Thanksgiving, my prayer is that this Thanksgiving will mark a new beginning in your life. Yes, God understands how you feel, but he loves you and wants to help you overcome these feelings and give you hope for the future.
"And he will do this, as you turn to him and ask Christ to come into your life. We're never alone when we know Christ, and even in life's darkest moments, he never abandons us. Jesus' invitation is for you: 'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.' (Matthew 11:28).
"Take time today to list the good things that are still a part of your life, and then thank God for them. Thank him, too, for Jesus Christ, and ask him to help you trust your life and your future into his hands." (Billy Graham)
Be assured that you are never alone. God is with you in your times of pain, just as He is with you during times of great joy. Have a blessed holiday season.
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Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christian residential treatment and educational center for children and their families. We help the most troubled, complicated, and amazing kids by providing best-in-class psychiatric therapy and trauma-informed care, where we look kids in the eye, walk with them, and help them become their best selves.