Not for everyone

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.

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Filed under Christmas, Encouragement, Grief, Hope, Loving others

One response to “Not for everyone

  1. On the news yesterday was the report of a mother running over her 4 year old daughter and killing her. Imagine the grief that mother will suffer for the rest of her life! This Christmas will be dreadful for her and the rest of her family. It is not possible to contact that mother, as no personal details are released, but there are others we all know who will have sad memories and less than a happy Christmas.

    If we CAN do something, we SHOULD do something.

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