I don’t know the answer, I just see the difficulty for so many right now. Somehow I have not been as sensitive to this in past years as I am this year. I know of many people who are celebrating their first Christmases without loved ones. A husband, wife, grandparent, daughter, son, or friend have passed away this year. Christmas is a time full of memories and traditions for most of us. We remember Christmas how it used to be and try to imitate the best of those memories. But that is hard to do when our loved one isn’t around.
That first holiday alone is hard for the widows. Who will they have their morning coffee with this year? Why even cook a special meal? The widowers didn’t even take time to pull out the decorations because their loved ones aren’t around to care. Or the grandma in the nursing home how is very forgetful, somehow knows that her kids didn’t take time this year to visit and she tries hard to hold her head high.
We must celebrate at Christmas because it isn’t about us or traditions, it’s about our Saviour being born in fulfillment of God’s plan made so long ago. He set in motion this segment of His great design so that Christ would humble himself and come to live as a man for 33 year so that he might die to save you and I.
We must celebrate Jesus’ birthday, yet many will mourn and remember their loved ones. Those who died in Christ will be mourned in a hopeful way and that should bring comfort. But wounds of love take time to heal and we must allow the tears of healing to flow and the memories to wash over us as treasures from the past.
Thus as we celebrate our Saviour, we must be sensitive to many in pain.