I hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas. I know that most of us are going through the guilt of knowing that we will not be missing a member of our family during this holiday season as those in tragedies around our nation and world are. Just this evening as I was sitting on my sofa just looking at the Christmas tree I broke down for those in the most recent tragedies, picturing the parents calling each of their children by name to come and open presents only to have one not respond because he or she is not there.
I cannot imagine how difficult it will be for each family who has lost a loved one as the result of a tragic event. We all know that life is short. . .it is not forever. We all know that we will all one day pass from this life and move on to our eternal life. We expect that to happen. What we don't expect is for life to be taken in such violent ways as we have heard and read about in the news. It is probably that fact that breaks my heart for the families who were impacted the most. They were all just going about their daily routines as usual with no hint that anything would befall them. I am sure the shock has not worn off and I am continually praying for those families.
As you celebrate the joy of the season with your loved ones, please take time to honor those families we have read about and seem to feel so close to now. Take time to honor the loved ones you have lost. This can be a bittersweet time of year for people. I pray that any of you reading this will find comfort from the memories of your loved ones and the joy that they brought to your lives. I pray that this is the most wonderful Christmas ever for you all no matter what has transpired in your lives.
Of all things, I pray that every person's needs are met. . .that not one person is lacking for anything.
Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas everyone!!