As the holidays approach I am reminded of so many people who have faced tragedy this year. There are several people I know personally who lost loved ones — not to mention the national tragedies that plagued our land.
This poem is for them:
The Christmas season is upon us.
There are gifts tucked safe under a tree.
Little hearts anxiously wait
For what seems like eternity.
People are rushing; excitement is bustling
All is merry and bright.
But someone is mourning this season
Because everything is not cheery or right.
Perhaps you lost a child this year.
Perhaps you lost your dad.
Perhaps you lost your home
Or everything you had.
The world didn’t stop
Because tragedy struck.
It spun in its cycle without care.
And Christmas arrived
Though you are broken inside
With hurt that’s incredibly hard to bear.
It is for you that the Christ child
Came from heaven above.
It is for you that He still opens
His arms with mercy and with love.
It’s okay to weep over heartache.
It’s okay to weep over loss.
That is why God sent his son-
To take your pain upon the cross.
He longs to give you hope
In a world full of fear and despair.
To give you peace unlike the world
That doesn’t remember or care.
And in the midst of your chaos
I pray that God holds your hand.
That you find the comfort you long for.
That you know HE still has a plan.
The merriment of the holidays are blaring
You may want to ignore it all.
But I pray that you feel God’s presence instead.
And He answers your heart when you call.
The Christmas season is upon us
All may not be merry or bright
But He can shine in the midst of your mourning.
Follow the star, He’ll be your LIGHT.
Amen and God bless.