Christmas is a time steeped in tradition. Traditions can be so comfy and reliable or maybe stressful but then the beautiful people that started those traditions are no longer with us and the season is never the same. But guess what? It wasn’t supposed to always stay the same.
When my mom passed away on Saturday December 6th, 2003, the Christmas magic she had created went with her. I’m not going to tell you to take the lemons you’ve been handed and make a sweet treat out of your bitter situation. But what I am going to do is encourage you in your grief.
I will never stop missing my mom or any of my other sweet family and friends who are no longer with us. I am a born again spirit-filled Christian and I have no doubt that I will see them again in heaven. But they will be missed while I’m here on this earth without them.
Instead of wallowing in my sadness, I try each Christmas season to remind myself that the baton has been passed to me to create Christmas magic for those around me. The traditions David and I have started with our kids will change into new traditions. We will cherish Christmas past, embrace Christmas present while holding it very loosely, and hopefully ready our hearts for Christmas future.
If you are grieving loss this Christmas, please know that the only unchanging thing we have is a very present savior who never changes. He is a constant reminder that all of our hope and joy can only be found in Him. I pray peace and comfort for you this season.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Hebrews 13:8 NKJV