Joy of the Lord

cornucopia-1789664_1920My joy is mixed with sadness this holiday. My Dad passed away right after Christmas last year and I miss him.

I miss his broad smile and hug when I walked in the door. He made my heart smile whenever he joked with us and played with the grandchildren. I remember how much he loved apple pie and ice cream after dinner. He used to walk me to the car, give me a kiss and hug, and say, “I love you.” Inevitable, he looked both ways as I backed  my car out of the driveway.

I just miss him.

Dealing with the death of a loved one is hard, and it can be especially difficult at this time of year. Do you find it so? Of course, each of us deals with loss differently. Some of us cry; others are stoic. Some get very busy; others withdraw. Some talk incessently; others don’t talk at all. We each have our way of saying goodbye.

Loss occurs from a death, divorce, moves, illness, and even family fights when warring factions barricade themselves. Whatever the cause, it is hard to bear when you are the one that is in charge of holiday cheer and meals.

If you are grieving this season, let us encourage each other to draw near to the Savior and to try different ways of celebrating the holidays. A holiday dinner might be a pot luck or even catered. We might open our house to friends or visit at this home. We don’t have to stay long, but we can experience JOY amid our grief.

Why? Because, Jesus was born in a humble stable. He lived a life of perfect obedience to God the Father. He died and offers believers closeness with Him. He is our JOY, and he calls us friend. He blesses us when sad. Yes, we have the JOY of knowing him and we are so very grateful.

Let’s pray for each other this Thanksgiving and Christmas. Pray that we know JOY that comes from the Savior. God offers JOY, and He is always with us.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Please let us know the ways you find JOY during the holidays. Some of us need to hear. Share on our Facebook page

image9Anita Campbell serves on the Communications Committee of the Women’s Resource Council. She and her husband, John, live in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania. They have two grown children, living in VA and PA. She works as a secretary for CM Hall Associates and the Bentleyville First Presbyterian Church. Anita and John teach the youth Sunday School Class. She is an elder and currently serves as a deacon. She enjoys being with her family, traveling, gardening, knitting and quilting



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