Sunrise By David Coy: Holiday Anxiety

David Coy

By David Coy

Sometimes life just does not turn out as we hoped or expected. Elijah certainly knew how that felt. He was apparently struggling with more than one emotion at the time concerning the events recorded in 1 Kings 18 and 19. He had just finished on a very high note in chapter eighteen at Mount Carmel and the prophets of the false god Baal. Now his life is threatened by Jezebel, and he melts. Was he disappointed with the people of Israel (1 Kings 19:10, 20)? It seems to be the case. He also was frightened as he ran for his life (verse 3). Perhaps he was feeling anxiety because of the lack of response from the children of Israel from his perspective. In his fight or flight response to the threat on his life, he chose flight. Why? It did seem to be impulsive. Did he feel all alone? Yes, he said as much (verse 10, 20). Why did he lose faith? Why was he in despair and despondent?
Holidays are difficult, and it is believed that the holiday approaching is even more difficult than all others. When one feels lonely because someone deeply loved is no longer present, then holidays may not be a date you look forward to. Often the dread is worse than the actual day, but a person may not feel like celebrating. The death of a significant other changes the feeling and appearance of gatherings. It also changes the desire to attend or participate for many. The good news is there is no right or wrong if a person wants to change how they approach special days as long as it is communicated in advance. Hold on to the positive memories and surround yourself with positive support. You can endure this season!
I hope to see you at our grief support group in Savannah this week at 6 p.m. in the TVEC conference room. I hope you have a healthy holiday!
This is Sunrise Aftercare.