Holiday Hope at Christmas & New Years

During the holidays it can be disheartening to bear the reminder that we have loved ones missing, especially in the first and second seasons of grief. The key to getting through the tough moments is to look to Jesus. This may seem simple but yet it is profound.

Do you know that Jesus understands your pain? When Jesus was on the cross in His final hour, He made provision for His mother through John (John 19:25-27). Where was Jesus’ Dad, Joseph?? If he would have been alive don’t you think he would have been there? Joseph had died. Jesus and His earthly family grieved the loss of Joseph and endured hardship through the years. Jesus cried for Lazarus in whom He raised from the grave. Our pain is also heartfelt by Jesus.

As we approach Christmas and a new year, think about the mediator we have in Jesus. When we are tempted to fall into a dark hole of isolation and distance ourselves from others; look to Jesus. When we lack the enthusiasm to celebrate Christmas and spread Joy; remember Jesus. Think of the eternal reason for the celebration. Think of Jesus! It seems so simple. Is He not the reason for the season?? Is it not in Him we have hope!? The hope that through Him we will see our loved ones in which had trust and faith in Him? In that day there will be great rejoicing! 😇

For a time we will feel the void and miss those who live eternally, but one day that will all change. We will be together again forever through our faith in Christ. Think of what forever really means! Today is a gift from God. We should be thankful of the mercies and blessings we have been given, and let our compassion and help fall on those who are traveling in our shoes (2 Cor. 1:3-7).

So we do not grieve as those who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Our hope is through Jesus who knows and feels our pain, who we should run to and focus on this holiday season. Let the Christmas message saturate your hearts. Jesus is our hope and our comfort. Let His love flow through us, to our family, friends and others, creating precious and joyful memories this holiday season. 
It is a choice and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

Feliz Navidad and God bless you and your families.