A memory popped up today through technology in one of those ways that it can these days.
It was just five years ago, but the changes that have come would make it appear it’s been at least a decade.
It seems the holidays bring such highs and lows to my heart these days, that at times, I feel distracted.
And my heart is grieved.
It’s not really that I’m altogether down; yet, the grief I feel in those moments seem to bring clouds to the happiness of the season.
My arms ache for those who are gone, and I long to embrace.
The day of thanks came and went with less people gathering around the table, and so many shifts have occurred.
My eyes fought back the tears.
The morning after used to be filled with laughter of little ones as we went out on an adventure, but those boys are all grown and flown away now.
My smile resisted the complaint.
I decided not to cry. There’s too many things for which to be grateful.
Yet, the holiday blues are knocking at the door.
Don’t let them in today. For if we do, they’ll be tempted to stay.
So, I’ll pick up my step and go decorate the tree and hum those Christmas carols once more.
For even through grief, my heart can sing as I remember His grace, and let Him wash away the pain.
Today, I will embrace the goodness that God has given and the hope He has promised.
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.