I love the Christmas season; it can be such a joy-filled time. But, every Christmas hasn’t been a time of celebration for me; there have been a Christmas or two that have been really tough to get through. The darkest Christmas season for me was the first year after my dearly loved nephew had passed away. My heart was broken and full of unanswered questions. Celebrating felt odd, it felt wrong.
Over the past month I have seen many blogs expressing that we need to be especially careful and mindful of those who are experiencing a Christmas season that is full of difficulty. Sending “Merry Christmas” cards may not be the best choice. Pictures of all our happy celebrations on Facebook might be insensitive….
Certainly, it is valuable and necessary to celebrate joy, to share love with those around us, and to express thankfulness for all the blessings in our lives BUT how do we do that while being kindly sensitive?
I don’t have all the right answers, but I think we can be clumsy. I would never infer that we would choose to be insensitive; yet I think that we can be…especially in this season. Perhaps, if we just asked the Lord for extra wisdom He can help us navigate this season with celebration and grace.
For the mother that just lost her child, for the woman whose husband is suffering, for the family that just lost their home, for the couple whose marriage feels hopeless, and for those who are simply lonely……I will try not to be clumsy with your heart; especially in this season. Please forgive me if I miss the mark. 😦