Someone I know lost their father yesterday – somewhat unexpectedly. I found myself feeling quite sad for the family. We’re so close to Christmas and although it’s a joyous time for most, this will be the first Christmas without their loved one.
I pondered on that thought for some time. You know how you can buy those “Baby’s First Christmas” or “Our 1st Christmas Together” ornaments?
What could you possibly give someone who’s experiencing a different kind of first?
Whether it be the first Christmas without a child, a parent or another loved one or maybe a first Christmas very different from the previous year – a divorce, loss of a home, loss of career, etc., not everyone is feeling joy this Christmas.
Do you know someone who is heading into Christmas with a heavy heart, regardless of the reason? How could you lift that person up? How could you show you care?
Are you someone faced with a first not-so-joyful Christmas? My heart goes out to you. I’ve had the first Christmas, too.
Yesterday, someone shared this song with me and it’s soooooooo good. Good for the soul and uplifting to the spirit. Too good not to share, really. I’m a new fan of Tenth Avenue North. Here is their song Worn.
Let me see redemption win
Let me know the struggle ends
That you can mend a heart that’s frail and tornI want to know a song can rise
From the ashes of a broken life
And all that’s dead inside can be reborn
‘Cause I’m worn
Yours, O Lord, are greatness and power, majesty, grandeur, splendor, and glory. For all in heaven and on earth is yours. – 1 Chronicles 29:11