Don’t Let the Grinch Steal Your Christmas

The GrinchIt’s Christmas Eve. It’s also a drizzly 39° outside with not a fleck of snow in sight or foresight. No chance of a white Christmas for us this year! Kathy’s family just left; Stephen and Joel are about to leave. As the music director of a church with 2 Christmas Eve services, Stephen will be gone from 4:30-11:30 tonight. Dan and Brianna are going to her folks for Christmas Eve, and they’re spending Christmas Day in the NICU with Samuel, their very preemie baby (our grand baby). And, that’s not even the worst of it! At least Alan and I still have each other…one of our dear friends lost his mate to cancer just a few days ago. Our kids may not be with us, but at least they’re all healthy and well. Tragically, one of our cousins lost her daughter this past week…she went to the hospital ill and just died.   😦 The Grinch in his Santa SuitSo, it’s beginning to look a lot like the Grinch is trying to steal our Christmas, and I was wondering if he might be trying to steal yours too. In the children’s book, it’s love that unites the villagers and brings Christmas, but what if you are without the warmth and comfort of loved ones this holiday? Many are without family and friends right now, you know, and if you’re one of them, I’d like to offer these insights that came to me as my puzzler was getting sore:
1.  You aren’t alone in your aloneness. My West Coast kids who live too far away to come home have invited 5 students (who are also unable to go home) over for Christmas dinner. Reaching out to others is a great way to extinguish sorrow and multiple joy. Have you thought of reaching out to someone who’s also alone?
2. You aren’t unloved! Christ—whose birth we celebrate this Christmas season— loves you (and all of us) so much that He came to earth to die in our place so that we can experience forgiveness for all the sins and sorrows in our past and receive a special Christmas present from him: A totally new life—an eternal life that can start today and will last forever. Will you believe He loves you & accept his gift?

Gift under Christmas Tree“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

2 responses to “Don’t Let the Grinch Steal Your Christmas

  1. Ah, I know. My dog died last week, the other one is so sad and lonely. My step-sister is lying flat on a hospital bed with spinal cancer and brain lesions and spots on her lung. My son is not communicating, all alone, doesn’t want to participate in Christmas, another son is in jail for a year,,,but I feel so HAPPY that it’s Christmas time and can’t wait to go to the Christmas Eve service tonight. I have many things to be thankful for.

  2. Wow! I had no idea. This has made me feel very sad tonight, and I’ve been praying for you, but I’m glad you’re aware of all God’s blessings! May the Lord give you a happy day tomorrow. We just got back from our Christmas Eve service…very precious. Merry Christmas! 🙂

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