It is just 9 days before Christmas, everyone is hurrying around, crossing items off their lists, getting dressed up to attend Christmas parties, and drinking eggnog. Maybe blaring Christmas music from the ipods and car radios. Making peppermint bark and addressing those family Christmas cards.
It is definitely meant to be a joyful season – the reason being is that Jesus came to earth as a baby and we celebrate that at Christmas time.
But, what do you if your holidays are mixed with sadness? This world is full of sadness, and maybe, as you look back over 2016, you realize that your life is more sad than happy, not going quite like you wanted or hoped it would.
Sadness is not a sin. We see throughout the Psalms (especially) that the writers were sad: they were saddened by the events going on around them. They were sad because of things happening to them. They were just sad. And that was ok. We need to dwell on what is going to happen with our sadness? Do we have to immediately dismiss it and never deal with it – no. We need to think about it, think about why we are sad, maybe get someone to help think through our sadness, and let God have it. Let Him take away your sadness.
You may be sad because of relationships that are broken. You may be sad because you’ve lost loved ones over the past year. Maybe you are sad because you were hoping to share Christmas with a new baby but that baby was lost to a miscarriage. There is so much sadness. We need to be mindful of other’s sadness and have compassion on them.
Tanika Fitzgerald, in her book Miscarried Joy, helps point women to the gospel who have suffered a miscarriage, but the truths that she encourages women with would be applicable to anyone who who has been dealing with hurt and needs some help helping your heart. You need to hear these gospel truths that God is for you, delights in you, and is working in you even through pain. This season of Advent and Christmas can help you realize that there will come a time when Jesus makes everything sad become untrue (thanks Sally Lloyd-Jones for that one).
You can win a copy of Miscarried Joy and other goodies before Christmas!