My dear friends,
You are on my heart right now. I know you are hurting and missing your loved one- especially as Christmas draws near. I feel your pain because I have been there. I used to say I wish I could take your pain away, but I know I can’t—and I know now that I don’t want to. It is not my pain to take away.
*The pain of grief is the result of loving deeply and missing your dear one’s physical presence
*The pain of grief has to be gone through not run away from
*The pain of grief can be shared but it also must be gone through alone
*Yet the pain of grief is a time you discover you are never ever alone
*The pain of grief draws You to the Lord who created us to love deeply like He does
*The pain of grief helps you realize what an immeasurable gift you were given in your loved one
*The pain of grief lets you discover the huge impact they had on your life
*The pain of grief allows you to forgive yourself and your loved one for any hurts caused
*The pain of grief births in you a desire to carry on the best of your loved one from this day forward
The pain of grief eventually gives way to a new way to live life fully- cherishing ordinary moments, loving others more deeply, forgiving more quickly, growing in the certainty of your faith in God and in His promise of eternal life that is so evident this time of year. Jesus was born as God in the flesh yet a frail human baby like one of us in the midst of a lost and grieving world. He came for one purpose-to live as one of us yet without sin so He could die for our sins to insure we can live for all eternity with the Lord. So as you go through the pain of your grief this Christmas, may joy be born in a new way in your hearts as you worship and adore Jesus- the man acquainted with sorrow and grief so we could have eternal joy.
Love and prayers,
“I tell you the truth; you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” John 16:20-22