The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down. Psalm 146:8
The holiday season brings a gamut of emotional feelings for many individuals. Memories of lost loved ones are ever-present; along with the ambivalence of whether to join the majority of individuals celebrating the festivities. Ecclesiastes 3 tells us, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die…”
Death is one if the most devastating events that we can experience. It grips the heart and often refuses to let go of the loved ones who remain. However, we serve a loving and caring God who refused to leave us bound by the awful grip of death. ” I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” Revelation 22:13 “O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?” 1 Corinthians 15:55 The reason to celebrate is overwhelming: Jesus Christ died and was resurrected that we may have hope for eternal life.
Please remember, there are many of us who have lost distant loved ones. For various reasons, we may not have had the opportunity to experience the joy of their lives. I encourage the immediate families to make a memory book, full of pictures and joyous events, to share with the extended family members, who also feel the grief of losing our loved one.
The Celebration of Life deserves to be treated with respect, and should be ongoing. Life is a gift from our most wonderful God. Every breath that we take gives us a reason to celebrate on a daily basis, and is not dependent on a “holiday season.”
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:…and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz