There are a lot of things that make this time of year special!
- The festive spirit!
- Sparkling Christmas decorations!
- A first Christmas for a newborn or newlyweds!
- The fun of giving and receiving presents!
- Fun-filled gatherings with family and friends!
- Lots of great food; especially the sweet kind!
- The beauty of a first snow that covers the earth in a blanket of white!
- The hope of Immanuel – celebrating the birth of Christ!
No wonder we call it MERRY Christmas!
But it’s not so MERRY for everyone. For some this will be a season of very real pain and grief. It will be their first Christmas without a loved one. A father or mother, a son or daughter, a wife or husband… Death has visited their family and life will never be the same again.
Or perhaps there is a loved one enduring a very serious illness; battling some life-threatening health issue. Maybe it’s the weight of financial trouble or job uncertainty. A strained relationship that will keep a family separated when others are gathering for the holidays.
If you are fortunate enough to be enjoying this holiday season, remember those who are not.
- Pause and remember them in prayer.
- Drop them a note to let them know you are thinking of them.
- Go out for coffee and give them a chance to talk about it.
- Fix up a plate of holiday treats and drop by for a visit.
- Invite them to A Service of Hope and Remembrance on Dec. 21st and the Methodist Church in Hagerstown sponsored by the Nettle Creek Ministerial Association.
I sincerely hope you have every reason to celebrate a MERRY Christmas but if you don’t please know that you are loved and that God will walk with you through this less than merry season.