According to the National Institute on Aging, social isolation and loneliness lead to higher risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and even death.
This time of year, if you’re unable to attend all the family gatherings, office parties, cookie exchanges and face to face face rendezvous, get creative about how to stay connected.
1. Use Zoom or Skype or FaceTime
After months and months of not being able to visit Eli (my youngest who lives 950 miles away from me), he FaceTimed me. Girl! I couldn’t even speak. I just stared at his face till it was awkward.
2. Strike up a conversation with a stranger
Instead of fiddling with your cell phone, smile all the way up to your eyeballs and strike up a conversation with someone as you line up at the checkout lane, make a deposit at the bank or wait for your coffee order. Even from 6 feet away, a simple conversation with a stranger can breathe life. For all you know, you may be the only conversation that person has!
3. Send a Christmas (or New Year’s) letter
After a long year, wouldn’t it be fun to see a couple of snapshots and read a juicy holiday letter from family and friends? If you want one, you should send one. You are not boring and we are all hungry for the news on each other.
We need connection!
2000 years ago, Jesus came to the earth to be with us. Immanuel – God with us! “…She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).” Isaiah 7:14
What a difference He makes in our lives! His present to us was, and still is, His presence. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
The first person to make sure to connect with is HIM! “… And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
Oh, Girlfriend, it’s so worth waking up 10 minutes earlier, or going to bed a few minutes later or spending a little bit of your lunch break with God to be refreshed and revived.
Take time to make connections.
Who’s in? Leave me a comment to let me know how you’ll be making creative connections this holiday season.
Lord, as we celebrate your glorious birth this season, be with us. Urge us toget past our own stuff and make connections with people who need to see you in us. Make me a great representative of who you are in my life so that others would want more of you, too. Thank you Jesus, amen.