Matthew 1:18-25 (NIV)
Story: The birth of Jesus
I never lost a child, but I can only image the pain of it. I watched my mom loose her only son on Christmas Day when he was 37 years old. My brother (Ronnie) found out on his birthday in April, he had cancer. Less than a year later, we would sit by his side at the hospital until he went to Heaven. Tears would pour from my mom and it didn't stop on Christmas. There is something about grieving that can not be measured by time. Some years, it feels like today when it was many years ago. Christmas Day not only reminds me of Jesus but my brother.
CHRISTMAS TEARS ~
Mary the mother of Jesus cried. She carried him 9 months and also forever in her heart. One day the cross would come to bring death but life. Maybe you have lost a loved one and you can't stop crying today. There is a time to be born and a time to enter heaven. Nobody knows that day but God. Sometimes we must learn to live through the pain of it all and trust the Lord.
Psalm 30:1-5 New International Version (NIV)
A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.
1 I will exalt you, Lord,
for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
2 Lord my God, I called to you for help,
and you healed me.
3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
you spared me from going down to the pit.
4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
JOY COMES IN THE MORNING ~
Let us remember on this Christmas Day to pray for others. People waking up to not a good day in front of them. Hearing doctor's report, people entering Heaven, not so many gifts or even one gift at all. We just don't know what someone goes through. Even pray for those who post happy pictures, because behind the picture things can be happening. We just don't know what today will bring. Believing God is moving on your behalf and miracles still happen. I've seen too much to doubt the power of God.
Happy Tears ~
Tears of JOY because JOY does come in the morning.
Today is also my granddaughter Averie's first Christmas. I have happy tears for them today and I do get to see all my grandchildren for a bit today. I love being a Grammie and sharing Jesus with them. Purpose your day a good one my friends!
A new day bring hope! Hope in what we can not see and trusting the process of change. Never doubt that Christmas Day brought us the greatest gift ever ~ JESUS! My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.