It can be a time of happiness, being around friends and family, and giving and receiving gifts as carols are sung and everyone decks the halls in merry cheer.
BUT for others, it can be a time of heartache, struggle, and great sadness over the loss of loved ones.
For me, I have never experienced the loss of a loved one (especially around Christmas time), but can only imagine what it is like from the perspective of friends.
A couple of days ago, I found out that one of my close friend’s family members unexpectedly passed away. Even though I never knew my close friend’s family member, I could not help but mourn over her sudden loss. “Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.”~Psalm 56:8-9~
I did not sleep the night I found out about my friend’s family member’s death and brought my feelings about this sudden loss before the Lord the next day. I went to Starbucks, journaled a letter to God, and prayed for guidance to Him in how to handle my feelings and asked Him how He could use me to bring comfort to my friend and her family. He led me to send a card, flowers, and gifts (Starbucks giftcards) to my friend and her family. The reason behind why I carried out this simple act of kindness was this: to bring love, peace, joy, and the hope of Jesus to my friend and her family this Christmas season. “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”~Romans 15:13~
I prayed over the card, flowers, and Starbucks giftcards before I sent them to my friend and her family. My prayer was that these gifts may be received as blessings from God’s heavenly sky to my friend and her family this Christmas season. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness neither shadow of turning.”~James 1:17~
Even though I have not spoken to my friend since this happened, I pray that the Lord may bless and keep her and her family together this Christmas season. “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”~Numbers 6:24-26~
My prayer is for anyone who is dealing with the loss of a friend, family member, or loved one may be divinely inspired and blessed richly from these writings I write and most importantly bring it before the Lord in order for healing to take place this Christmas season. “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”~Psalm 147:3~
Thank you for reading this blog post. May God bless everyone! 🙂
~”Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.”~Luke 9:50~