The word brings excitement and happy thoughts, to most people. The sights, sounds, and smells are delightful. Add to that mix, family, shopping, and baking, and the occasion is hard to beat.
Until a woman becomes a widow. Then the holiday can be a nightmare, overwhelming, and difficult to endure.
Dear widow, please give yourself permission to grieve, find time alone, and do as much or as little as you want. Decorating and gift giving can be optional, depending on how you feel, and what your budget allows.
I relax and reflect in front of my tree each night, and recall the enjoyable times we shared as a family. We always read the Christmas story from Luke 2. How blessed we were, to learn that a heavenly host of angels announced to poor shepherds, the “birth of a Savior, Christ the Lord.”
Matthew 2 records how a special star led some wise men to Jerusalem to worship the “King of the Jews.” The second time they saw the star, Matthew 2:10 records, “They rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”
So, we can decorate our houses and trees with angels and stars to remind us of the most significant thing that ever happened in history; the birth, death and resurrection of the Son of God.
May you be blessed this season knowing God’s love covers you in the twinkle of the stars, and surrounds you in the beautiful Christmas carols.
Dear widow, let’s rejoice with exceeding great joy! Merry Christmas!