During this last weekend of 2012, may I ask you to do something? May I asked you to please give an extra special touch of comfort and peace to those who have lost a loved one this year, or in the past?
The holidays are so often a time of family gatherings and special memories, in addition to being a time to celebrate the birth of the Savior. It is a time of love and sharing. It is a time that brings fresh thoughts of those we love and dearly miss. It is a time that can leave some people feeling so lonely. Although, during Christmas, you may have supported a loved one who is grieving, there is a palpable letdown during this “in between” week.
Would you pray that the hurting, the grieving, and the lonely will feel God’s presence in their lives and the presence of the ones they are grieving in a real way? Perhaps they will hear a familiar song, or see a reminder, or hear similar words their loved one used to speak, or find a cherished momento. I recently was able to talk about my grandmother and her college days at Berkeley to a new friend who had not heard these stories. I felt my grandma right there with me, gently admonishing me to talk about something more important than her “little life”!
I pray that you will be God’s messenger and will fill that place in the hearts of those who are grieving with His peace and presence.
And while I am asking, would you pray for special grace and healing that only God can provide? Would you pray that memories will be sweet and precious and that any guilt in the minds of those who are grieving will be gone?
You may be just the one to be there to encourage and bring cheer to any who are alone, and to one another.
Together, under His wings, we make it! With thanks and gratitude~