I have friends in their 80s who just moved to an assisted living center. It will be the first time in 60+ years that
they won’t be celebrating Christmas in their own home. What a sad thought that is to me! 😦 I have a sister in her 70s who never married.She’s recovering from a bad bout of bronchitisand will have to celebrate Christmas all alone.I have a friend in his 60s who lost his wife not long ago to breast cancer.
They had no children.
His brother invited him over for Christmas,
but he’ll be returning to an empty house. Another friend just lost him mom and says that for the first time in 63 years
he’ll have no “home” to go to for Christmas. Another friend in his 40s who’s never married lost him mom three years ago, but his father has become so emotionally withdrawn and unwelcoming
that my friend doesn’t have the courage to even attempt a visit.I have three sons in their 30-40s who have wonderful wives and kidsbut for various reasons none can make it home for Christmas this year. I will miss them severely, and I think they’ll miss being home as well. I have a friend in his 20s whose mom is just recovering
from a frightening stroke and hospitalization. He’ll be home for Christmas, but many of his siblings won’t be,
and that’s painful too. And, the list goes on.
I was talking to my sister yesterday, and she mentioned that she still dreams of going home for Christmas and remembers the carefree days when our family was all together and everyone had sparkling eyes. I realize that many people never even had the experience of a happy childood.I had a girl friend in college whose most graphic Christmas memory was looking through a neighbor’s window admiring their beautiful tree and presents…knowing that a dark house and a drunken father awaited her.
Do you dream of past Christmases
that were more exciting than your present circumstances? Although Alan and I are looking forward to celebrating with our Michigan kids on Monday, this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we’ll only have one son. Please don’t misunderstand. I’m very grateful to have my dear husband and youngest son,
but it’s hard not to notice the contrast and feel a little nostalgic when your circumstances change and you can no longer enjoy the overflowing abundance that Christmas Past brings to mind. If you are struggling with the prospects of your Christmas Present feeling disappointing compared to the happiness you’ve experienced in the past, may I encourage you to look up?
God the Father is looking down, longing for your fellowship. God the Son, whose birth we celebrate, is at the Father’s right hand.
Can you see Him there? He loves you with an everlasting love and longs for you to commune with Him. The Ghost of Christmas Present can’t even begin to compare with
the Holy Ghost, who’s calling you to Himself. Have you figured this out yet?
If you have no where else to go and no one else to talk to…Rejoice! God is here! Talk to Him. Worship Him. Know that He longs for you to accept the gift of His love this Christmas. “Oh come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”
“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full” (1 John 1:3-4).PS—All these photos were taken of Christmases in the last five years, when our home was full of children, chaos, and overwhelming joy!