Monday, December 8, 2008


As I prepare for Christmas and lament our lack of finances, I'm slapped across the face by many struggles that others are facing. While no money is a HUGE struggle and the stress it causes is insurmountable, I have what many people are going into this holiday w/o. I have a family.

I have a great friend who just lost her second baby after years and years of trying to start a family, I have an old school buddy who just lost his father in a battle with cancer, I have a minister who's one brother is fighting a losing battle with cancer and another brother who is currently MIA overseas, I have an aunt who lost her husband a few years ago to cancer and is now herself dying from cancer.

Life doesn't seem to make sense right now. Why is it we have to struggle so, especially in this time of year when we are supposed to be grateful for the gift God gave us (Jesus people). I understand loss around Easter. It would be symbolic of his sacrifice. But Christmas is supposed to be joyful and yet it seems to be one of the hardest times of year for so many, loss/lack of family, loss/lack of finances, traveling in really crappy weather, stress.

Hopefully the arrival of the new year will bring great things to those who are feeling such loss in this current year. The promise of change in the government and the hope of change in other things will hopefully allow many of us some rest from stress.

I pray for all of you and hope for joy and an overabundance of love from everyone who surrounds you.


Gail said...

I'm not trying to sound morbid - or as if I'm enjoying others pain but, I liked this post. I think you've touched on something here. It seems all of us are having some nasty little trials right now. I'm going to pray your prayer too and for your prayers to be answered!

Kate said...

I agree with Gail, I think you really hit on something here. I read this yesterday and have been thinking about it ever are so right...during this season of Advent it just doesn't seem right to witness so many trials and suffering. It doesn't make sense.

You are in my thoughts and prayers!