Today I’m struggling to find HOPE this season. I couldn’t figure out what has made this Christmas a little more sad than normal. Until I began to see pictures of my friends with their grandparents, I knew. I knew it was her. I miss her. My sweet grandmother, only gone for 6 years, but it feels like eternity. Her death still affects me today.
I long to just sit in her living room, walk into her kitchen, or wrap my arms around her neck again. Just one more time I want to sit and listen to her talk. I want to hear her laugh, see her smile, and let her hold my babies again. Hope seems so far when the grief and pain of loss keeps coming in again and again. I miss her so much it hurts. I think I’m over grieving for her, but it comes again in waves of sadness.
When will I stop missing her so much?
The answer is, never. Can I tell you something I told myself this week? Its is ok to mourn this Christmas. It is ok to be sad, but let’s not let the gloom of death invade our hearts so we miss the HOPE. We can still rejoice with tears in our eyes. We can still look up when we are feeling down. We have HOPE. Our Emmanuel has come. He came and wrapped sorrow around Himself and He knows.
Earlier this year I bought Christy Nockel’s Christmas album. In her songs of advent, I’m reminded of Jesus’ second coming. Our King came to us 2,000 years ago as a tiny baby. In humility with grace and truth He entered our cold world. So now, as we celebrate the first coming I am reminded He will again return! We need only see He is coming again, but what about right now?
The King is coming.
Open up your eyes to see it.
Open up your ears to hear it.
The King is coming.
Open up your mind believe it.
Open up your heart receive it.
The King is coming.
Advent means arrival. A season of advent is described as the period of time before the coming of the Christ. I am excited to be reading in my Light Breaks Through advent reading plan how God had it all planned from the beginning. Jesus’ coming is filled with HOPE. Christy’s album is called “The Thrill of Hope” – and shouldn’t this season bring hope to our hearts?
No one may know how you feel this season, but Jesus does. Our King has come, but He came as a servant. So let Him comfort you today! Here are some verses to help remind you that GOD is your great HOPE and COMFORT this Christmas season!
Proverbs 24:14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
Titus 1:1-2 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began
Titus 3:7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
1 Corinthians 15:19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Romans 5:2-5 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Hope is not coming, it is HERE. Hope is found in the salvation of Jesus. Hope is knowing eternity is waiting. When our King comes again we will be rushed to those we miss and will never cry again. The King is coming again…..be prepared for His second coming by making sure your life is right with God! If you ever have any questions, I’d be happy to share my faith with you!
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Marva | SunSparkleShine says
Sarah, my heart goes out to you as you mourn that loss of your sweet grandma. Having lost my dad last year and my brother just recently, I realise that grieving has no timeline. The waves come and go (sometimes unexpectedly) but I love that you point us to the real reason for our Hope.
May we shine His light brightly this season even if that means letting others in to offer us comfort and cheer when we don’t have the strength to hold up.
Brooke Grangard says
I’m so sorry for your loss, Sarah. This is the 4th Christmas without my mother, and the grief feels especially poignant during this season. My greatest hope is that we will all celebrate together again one day. Thank-you for this post.
Embracing the Lovely says
Grief is like the waves of the sea lapping up on the beach. It comes and it goes… I know there are many well meaning Christians will share well meaning platitudes but I’m firm in my convictions that it’s okay to grieve and cry.
Praying for you, my friend!
I’m sorry for your loss, Sarah. I lost my grandparents and my dad many years ago, but this will be the first Christmas without my mom. She passed away earlier this year in April. But you are right, we have HOPE in Christ. He can bring joy amidst the pain and we will see them again. Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #TestimonyTuesday.
Sarah, This helped me today. My Dad passed away on Christmas Day. This year it has been five years which for some reason seems to make this particular Christmas harder. It does come in waves. I appreciate the reminder about HOPE.
Rachel Britton says
I miss my mom and dad, too, especially because my mom made Christmas so special with many traditions. They passed away a few years ago. But, I am so thankful they taught me about the hope in Jesus. Not many people talk about our hope of Jesus returning, so thank you for bringing it up.
Donna Reidland says
I so agree, Sarah. I believe there are some losses that will always be sad and leave us with a sense of emptiness. It’s so good to know that for those of us who know the Lord, we’ll be reunited one day and there will be no more tears and sadness. Thanks for reminding us of our Great Hope! And thanks for hosting. Christmas blessings!