Holidays are hard to avoid. Decorations are everywhere, most work places are closed for the day, commercials well commercialize, and small talk can revolve around them.
But there are times when celebrating is hard. When a sudden life change means you’re holiday isn’t going to look the way you envisioned. Perhaps, the life change wasn’t close to the holiday at all…but it’s just your first one to go through without someone you have celebrated with for as long as you can remember. Tough days. Happy faces and casual greetings to everyone you see aren’t exactly what you feel up to.
There’s other seasons when celebrating feels natural…simply an overflow of the joy that is bubbling up from deep within – an abundance of gratefulness and joy of what each day holds – whether or not it’s a holiday.
However, when any of us stop – if we truly choose to look around us…life is hard.
Family/friends/ourselves – experiencing miscarriages, divorce, babies born with cancer, car accidents, human trafficking, missing children, affairs, house fires, mental illnesses, abortions, poverty, & hate crimes, and that’s not even delving into anything in the political realm that seems to be on everyone’s minds these days. How do you celebrate when this is the life we know – that we’re living through or at the very least have a close friend who is walking through it?
How do you sing and dance when there’s SO much death and brokenness – hurt and hate? These issues – these problems…you can’t gloss over them and just because you flip the channel on the TV it doesn’t make them go away. How do you speak about the Resurrection when everything around you seems to relate more to the crucifixion?
Well, I don’t know. My heart breaks too. Life is hard and the future here on this earth?? It seems pretty dim…BUT JESUS. Friend, don’t forget that there WAS the resurrection. There IS hope. There is LIFE. And honestly, in the middle of the weariness? The desperation and sinfulness?
There is redemption. There is grace, mercy, and forgiveness. And there is no darkness that can put out the Light. And that’s why we sing. That is why we worship. That is why I’m at church this morning…to REJOICE.
There is no doubt that life is hard and that we each walk through our own struggles – rather private or public. But Jesus does not change. He is faithful. So we keep walking and fighting. We keep raising our hands in surrender & in praise. We keep kneeling and weeping. We will be weary…but we STILL rejoice.
Merry Christmas weary world. Grateful for the reason to rejoice no matter the season. Hugs to each of you today!!