Christmas is notoriously the most wonderful time of the year. We count down all year for the big night, we sing songs about it, decorate our houses for it, prepare our hearts for the season, bake cookies and have parties all for the celebration of Christmas.
But sometimes, the joy that surrounds this festive time of year is…missing. For some, Christmas is not necessarily a time of happiness, but rather a painful reminder that loved ones are no longer with us on this earth.
And that…is really hard.
I’m going to be honest, this very topic has been on my heart a lot here recently. I fall asleep thinking about it. And sometimes I’m just overwhelmed with tears, thinking of what some of my loved ones are going through.
And so I wanted to just take a moment tonight to write something specifically to those who may be missing someone this Christmas.
Mainly, that I see you. I see what you are walking through right now. Though the world may seem like an endless chorus of Jingle Bells, grating at the soul, I recognize that you are dealing with grief in this time of cultural celebration.
And though I cannot take that away, or mitigate it, or even know to the extent of how much it hurts, what I can tell you is that I am walking alongside you, and I want to support you through it in whatever way I can.
If you don’t feel like being holly-jolly, that’s fine. If you need time alone, or need to take breaks from gatherings…that’s okay. You need to do what is right for you in this time and just get through it. So I want you to hear that I understand if you need to forgo an appearance or step outside for some air.
I want you to know that I am here to listen. If you want to talk about memories, or things that you’re missing, or if something reminds you of someone – I am available to listen. If it’s easier if I don’t say anything in response, I can do that. Or if it’s easier not to talk about those things, that’s fine too.
Lastly, I want you to know that I love you. And you don’t have to carry this alone. Even if I’m just carrying the tail end of the elephant, I will carry that tail.
Finally, it is my deepest prayer that anyone who is carrying grief during this season be wrapped in the love of Jesus. May you feel His blanket of peace around you during this difficult time.
Christmas time – though it has been secularized almost to the point of unrecognition – is about Jesus coming to earth. He is near. He is near to those who are hurting, to those in pain, to those brokenhearted and grieving. And what a powerful reminder that He loves us so much that He would come to earth to be close to us.
May that truth be a source of comfort during this time of year.
If you would like to share your heart, I am available: firstname.lastname@example.org
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