For the broken and hurting today (on Christmas)

For the broken and hurting today (on Christmas),

I want you to know this: That while a good majority of people are happily celebrating Christmas with their families today, I know that a great majority are weeping for those who no longer sit at the table. I am one of those who weep, whose heart is heavy, who is oh, so weary of smiling a smile that doesn’t quite reach the depth of their soul.

I want you to know that it’s okay to take time out today to cry, to spend a few minutes weeping over missing your loved one(s). It’s okay to speak their name, to let others know you are doing your best, but your heart aches and the best gift they can give you is to speak the name of your loved one who has died. It’s okay to throw eggs in the back yard, light a candle in memory of your precious one, or spend time alone at the cemetery.

But I also want you to know this: that Christmas with family isn’t everything. It’s amazing and incredible and deeply appreciated. Family is a gift. Family is a precious, precious gift from God. Be thankful for family, of course. Be joyful in this day even if those we are missing are absent. Remember that they are alive in heaven. Hold close those that remain, but remain sure of the Truth.

The truth is that Jesus Christ came into this broken world for a broken people. He came as a baby, fully dependent, fully human and fully divine, wholly given for you and me. He did that for us. He did that for the broken, the grieving, the disappointed, the rejected, and the imperfect. He came so that in the depth of your pain, He might be deeper.

For those who long for something more today, may your longing be fulfilled in Jesus. As Christmas gifts are opened, lavish dinners are consumed, and thanks is given, may our joy in Christ be deep, as deep as the Grand Canyon of our grief, deeper than the pain of our loved one’s absence. May your Christmas be filled with Christ. Because He’s everything. He is Christmas.

How Many Kings lyrics by Downhere

Follow the star to a place unexpected,
Would you believe, after all we’ve projected,
A child in a manger?
Lowly and small, the weakest of all
Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mother’s shawl
Just a child
Is this who we’ve waited for?

‘Cause how many kings stepped down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

Bringing our gifts for the newborn Savior
All that we have, whether costly or meek
Because we believe.
Gold for his honor, and frankincense for his pleasure,
And myrrh for the cross he will suffer.
Do you believe?
Is this who we’ve waited for?

How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Only one did that for me.

Oh, all for me, oh
All for me, all for you
All for me, all for you
All for me, all for you
All for me, all for you

How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least?
How many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Only one did that for me, oh
All for me, all for you

Songwriters: Marc Martel
How Many Kings lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

Blessings,

Angie

 

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