|Posted on December 22, 2014 at 9:05 AM|
Blessings to you and yours! If you an individual who participates in the “holiday season” or not, there is this one thing that remains true for us all. This one constant is the fact that the holiday season can be one of great joy or one of great sorrow. If all your family is present, you have loads of time off from work, and you’re in the position to give gifts to any and all you choose – may you continue to experience the joys of life.
If you don’t anticipate experiencing many (or any) of those joys, this letter is dedicated to you! I have talked with many, and know others personally, who experience sadness and depression during the holidays because of loved one’s who have passed away. When you love someone so dearly and experience life’s ups and downs with them, it’s hard to continue experiencing those joyful times of life without them, especially during the time of year that most people are giving and loving on one another!
I know that it is a hard thing to live without someone you love. I lost my father at a very young age and I often wonder who and where I might be if he were present in my life today. Fortunately, because of God’s love for me, I’ve learned to manage those concerns by having a close relationship with Christ. So, for those that are in that position of loss, I want to encourage you with the following:
1. Acknowledge your loss and go through the process of the pain associated with your loss.
2. Know that although someone is gone from your life that YOU still have worth and purpose!
3. Give all of your hurt and pain to Christ, so that He can be your source of strength.
The last thing I want to do is to make light of anyone’s personal experiences, but I know that you can make! I am confident in this, that if you “keep your mind stayed on God, he will keep you in perfect peace” and that “when you are weak, He becomes strong”. These truths can only become realities in your life, IF you have FAITH to believe God’s word. You won’t just “make it” through because just making it through implies that there may or may not have been victory through the process! You will be VICTORIOUS with the Lord on your side as you continue to live without those loved ones that you lost.
I personally couldn’t encourage you with something that I was unsure of it worked or not! I experienced the loss, I shed the tears, I asked the question of “why”, and I looked envious at others who had what I didn’t and none of that brought me any solace. What brought me comfort was discovering what God said about my circumstance, discovering that He loved me, and that He had a plan for my life. When my MIND was able to comprehend that, I began to become who I needed to be! Again, this is not something that will happen over night! It is natural for humans to grieve with the loss of a loved one. Just know that you cannot stay in a grieving posture forever!
“You can do ALL things through Christ who gives you strength!” Phil 4:13