When The Holiday’s Find You Lost

She hugged herself feeling quite lost in the backseat of the older model car, the seats of cracked leather speaking of its well used years. Beside her on the seat a wrinkled black plastic trash bag that held all of her worldly possessions, it wasn’t much for her five years of life but it was hers. Her shoes were scuffed and half a size too small and her coat pinched her arm when she shifted them in her seat to look out the window. The sky was a slate gray and the clouds thick.  Before she left they said something about more snow on the way and they hoped it wouldn’t mean bad traffic conditions on the highway and they hoped their kids bus wasn’t late getting them home from school.

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When You Feel Lost And Alone

The social worker called something from the driver’s seat as they turned on to yet another street, she was only slightly interested in where her “new” home would be. After all, she wouldn’t be there long, just long enough for them to discover she wasn’t worth the trouble, and then it was packed up and back in the back of Ms. Cole’s car.

 

Really she didn’t blame them after all, mom had always said she wasn’t worth much… her eyes shifted back outside to the snowswept lawn. One day she’d like to build a snowman in that pretty snow, to sled down a hill and have someone cheering for her like the normal kids. But she wasn’t normal, she wasn’t like the other kids, mom was in prison and dad was who knows where.

The blinker sounded as she blinked back tears, she’d learned long ago not to let others see her tears, or to let the words hurt her. The car door creaked opened and cold air greeted her slipping through the too-small jacket and into her soul, another Christmas in a home that wasn’t hers. She looked up at the pretty garland and dazzling lights, the house looked… warm, inviting, homey- but she’s been fooled before.

 

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When You Feel Lost And Without Hope

Ms. Cole pushed her towards the door and rang the doorbell as she held her breath hoping that maybe, just one time it would be different.

The door opened spilling light across the threshold, the adults conversed as she stared at her shoes afraid to meet their eyes lest they see just how unworthy she was. Someone knelt before her, she couldn’t help it- she glanced up to see who would stoop to her level. A woman smiled brightly back at her. 

“Hello Jenny, welcome to your new home. We’re so happy you’re going to be a part of our family,” and just like that, the seed of hope was born, one more lost child found their way home.

Because everyone is worthy of love and Christmas is a magical time.

Scriptures For When You Feel Lost:

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 NIV

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.

Psalm 40:1-3 NIV

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