It is already December 23, can you believe it? For some of us, it can’t go by too quickly to suit us, for others, we have had such a difficult time getting our act together that we are crying out for the clock to stop ticking. If you find yourself in either camp, it is okay. It is all okay, and that is my mantra this holiday season. Don’t worry, don’t stress, just do what you can when you can. If others have a problem with that, it is their problem, not yours, not mine.
To be honest, this, my third Christmas Season as a widow, is easier than I expected. The second one was the most difficult and many will say the same thing. The second year is the toughest. That said, there are times when memories will assail our thoughts and happiness will fade for a few minutes or hours; even days for that matter. But, all in all, this third year brought the return of joy.
I wrote about memories in the last post and just wanted to say a little bit more about this. Our memories are likely to overtake our mood at some point during this season. Just go with it. Memories are good, they remind us that we are still alive and they keep us from going into denial.
One memory I will deal with this Christmas Eve, and probably every other one from here on out, is the fact that it was Christmas Eve when we called upon Hospice for help. There was finality as well as relief in this act. I am sure many of you can relate.
You have your thoughts on this topic and I would love to hear them. What is the most difficult thing about observing the Christmas Season? What is the blessing you have experienced? Jesus is the reason for the season, and while this saying might be over-used it is still true. Just think of the memories Jesus’ mother ‘pondered’ each year on her Son’s birthday. I leave you with these words.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
(2 Corinthians 13:14)
Grace ‘n Grins,