Today is true confessions! Because of changes in our family dynamics, Christmastime presents a struggling of heart. Why do things have to change? I don’t have, nor do I expect, an answer to that question.
Our two sons live in South Florida and both have jobs which don’t allow for holiday travel – in other words, they have to work on December 26th. Both of our grandchildren live 90 minutes from our home, and it only makes sense to celebrate the holiday with them. You see what I’m getting at…there are empty chairs at our family’s Christmas table and that makes this mother sad.
Holiday cheer was so much easier when the children were small. Before separations and divorces and the mess that growing up can bring.
These days of December are tough.
I turn on the lights.
I decorate the doors and tables.
I bake the cookies.
I listen to the carols.
Those things will patch the broken parts of my heart.
I’ll lean hard on God’s presence and I’ll keep my ear tuned to His whispers and in eager anticipation I will wait for the Advent of our Savior.
Because even in the broken messes of our lives –
(This is an excerpt from The 31 Days of Christmas, Day 2)