But, what about those that aren't thankful at all this year?
As much as I'm thankful for the holidays, I realize that there are so many that aren't. They find themselves in a season of grief and pain. For some, it's their 1st major holiday without their loved one.
How can they feel happiness and joy when their heart aches for the embrace of their loved one?
How do you make the move from pain to gladness when every single part of the holiday reminds you of them?
After my father died, I remember how sharply the grief felt when you have to "move" through all of the "firsts".
- 1st Thanksgiving
- 1st Christmas
- 1st Birthday
- 1st Mother's or Father's Day
This year Roslyn and I will experience our 1st Thanksgiving without our dearest Aunt Thelma. Her brownies, pound cake and 10 layer chocolate cake were legendary. She loved to cook and bake and the holidays just won't be the same without her. Whether its been one month, one year, or one decade since you've lost your aunt, mother, father, or sibling, the pain or loss that you feel is real, BUT, you are able to be healed by our heavenly father.
Maybe it's not a loved one that's causing you discomfort during the holiday. Maybe you're recently divorced or possibly you've just received a devastating medical diagnosis. Maybe you yearn for your son or daughter to re-establish their relationship with you.
WHATEVER your reason, I'm here to declare that God loves you and His peace can and will overtake you, even through the darkest of days. Be encouraged by the truth of God's word. You may not feel that encouragement right away, but keep reading His word. Let the vowels and consonants that form the words, penetrate deeply into the depth of your pain and suffering. Here are a few passages of scripture to encourage you:
- "Come to Me, all you who labor & are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
(Posted by Renee Scott)