Friday, November 21, 2008

Oh, The Holidays!

Can you just feel the energy building all around you with overflowing cornucopia's, pumpkin spice candles, lights, trees, and stars just about everywhere? Throw in a little, "Let it Snow" or "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas" and you know you've arrived at just about any store around. We, as Americans, really seem to go all out this next month and a half! Like most, I absolutely love it! I love making our construction paper chains of what we are thankful for, people randomly smiling at others, going out of their way to bless those who may find themselves having less this year, reflecting on that night in Bethlehem when our Savior was born.

But I was reminded yesterday that Thanksgiving and Christmas can also be terribly lonely or hurting times for people. Although I have been there, it is so easy to forget. That first Christmas "without" mom, dad, aunt Betty or even a pet...these can be emotional and difficult times for many.

I in no way want to squelch even the littlest bit of your joy and excitement. I simply want to ask if you might go out of your way to do something kind for someone who is entering this season "without" someone special.

We can all probably think of someone. I don't mean that it is one more person for you to spend money on. Sometimes just knowing that someone is remembering your loss is all that it takes to encourage someone else. Sending a quick e-mail, a non-Christmas card, bringing them some chocolates and tissues and letting them know it is ok to grieve even when everyone else seems so happy. Just listening as they reminisce about past memories with the loved one lost.

After my mom had died, I remember that 1st Christmas without her...someone brought me an angel ornament and wrote a little note that they hoped the angel might represent that my mom was still with us in our hearts, but now she was able to dance and celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas at Jesus's table. It encouraged me. "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain." (Revelations 21:4) It also brought tears that I didn't even know that I needed to shed. It allowed me to continue the healing process instead of "stuffing" my hurt and just trying to keep moving forward along with everyone else.

So, if you can, take just a few minutes out of your busy season to bless someone and then jump right back into "The Wonderful Life" that you are living!

Many Blessings!


Butterfly Flutter said...

I agree with you... My dad works with a lady that lost her son this year and she is really not looking forward to the holidays.. But dad got in touch with the ladies daughter and her mother wish is coming true... She told my dad she wish she could just go somewhere for two days to get away from the house at Christmas.. The daughter was so grateful to receive this request of her mother she said thank you and she would make it happen..
P.s. I have been really bless to find your blog site.. I found it on CWO....

Shanda said...

What a wonderful thing for your dad to have gone out of his way to do for her!!

Anonymous said...

I so agree! I was listening to Air1 this morning and they mentioned remembering others during this season of holidays.

I got my used lens from a message board I'm on called I love photography or ILP for short. I know ebay has them too, but I was afraid to try there. LOL

AndreaLeigh said...

Great post! I will definately be trying to do this this holiday season.

Honey Mommy said...

Hooray for the holidays!
We put our tree up this weekend and the boys are SO excited!

We'll have to try to do something for someone else who needs it.