The beauty. The music. The expectation shining bright in little one's eyes.
We gather to celebrate, we laugh, we hug, we feast. All the while feeling the missing deep. I find myself drawn to the mystery of that manger scene...
Do you think about Mary? Do you think she knew the grief that would be her son's purpose? Did she know the sorrow that would crack her heart wide? I have this hope that she was sheltered from the knowledge, allowed the holy privilege of rocking her newborn son, savoring those precious moments when the baby in her arms was hers alone... before the shadow of the cross covered that blessed manger, pronouncing to all, this... this is the Savior of the world.
Love has a name. JESUS.
The story... HIS story is still being written in our hearts.
From a simple manger to a crucifixion cross...
Christmas is the story of Love.
May this Christmas offer an everlasting Hope
because of a Saviors overcoming Love
no matter what grief shadows your heart.
Love has a name...
The baby in a manger.
Yes, His name is Jesus.
Praying Blessings of Mercy and Grace to all this day.
Sometimes our Good-byes are long in coming, and yet those final moments still leave cuts razor sharp.
Last Friday we lost a dear mother-in-law after an agonizingly long journey with lung cancer and COPD.
The grief is still raw. She has been a quiet, steadfast rock in our family, holding us close always despite the miles and the years.
How do you say Good-bye?
Over these past few months we have watched her body grow more and more frail. The hunger for air dominating every waking moment. The ache in her lungs more acute with each passing day.
Hospice comforted her... and the family... preparing her... preparing us...
And yet, there is never a preparing for the final good-bye.
The loss cuts keenly, but we could never wish her back. Her pain and suffering have been lifted, she has found such a well deserved rest. We could never wish her back... even as we sorrow.
But even in the sorrow we find that love transcends even this boundary. Millie's faith in the Everlasting God and Christ, the Savior-Son, pave the way to an eternal life that we can't begin to imagine!
She is liberated into a freedom beyond compare, and one day we look forward to the grandest reunion of all time.
Such a grand reunion it will be...
Millie, sweet mom-in-law, you have been a God-given Blessing to me. I can't begin to see the future without you in it, but know that your deep love and abiding faith will be a legacy to guide us...
"But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD's love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children's children."