I was initially going to post something along the lines of, “It’s not this time of year without”: family, friends, cool weather hiking, Christmas lights, snow, good food, etc., along with an appropriate picture to punctuate the sentiment.
Then I started thinking about how the holidays aren’t always joyous and bright. Some people are going without food and are struggling to pay bills. The thought of buying presents and attending parties is low on the list, but likely still in mind, causing feelings of anxiety and hopelessness to rise to the surface.
There are people who dread this time of year because it is a reminder of loved ones lost. No longer will that special someone walk through the door with a smile and a hug, or sit at the family table and share inside jokes and laughter. I have faced the holidays with sadness for the past several years because our oldest son was killed in an accident in 2012. I am so grateful for my husband, children, family and friends, but the painful reminders are real, causing that ache to resurface fresh and anew.
The photo I’m sharing is precious in multiple ways. This rustic and beautiful ornament was made by our son in wood-shop class. It’s a treasured reminder of our young man in simpler times. He carved the name of Jesus in the shape of a cross, highlighting the reason we celebrate Christmas, while pointing to Christ’s ultimate purpose, so that we could be reconciled to God.
I could not go through this time of year, or anytime of year, without Jesus. He is my strength, my Comforter, my Savior and my Lord.
Blessings! Wishing everyone peace, joy, hope and love this season ❤