The holidays can bring up so much emotionally for all of us. Joy, excitement, stress, sadness and more. For me, this holiday feels sad because I miss my mom who passed away in August. She and I were so close and very festive together. Planning holiday events, decorating the tree, going to sing along’s, cookie exchanges, plays and more. If it glittered and jingled, we would be there! Christmas is feeling a little less sparkly this year.
When my mom began to become very ill, I retreated at her house one day by going outside to get some fresh air and walked over to my brother’s magnolia tree (which was donated when he passed away in 2007). I noticed that the tree was dying and I began to sob taking it as a symbol of what was to come. I felt so empty inside. But, after my mom‘s passing a few weeks later, I noticed that there was new growth. Out of the very base of the tree, I saw green leaves and magnolia buds forming. The tree was coming back. A rebirth! This reminded me about God‘s message, that the birth of Jesus and the new beginning of life is represented and offered to all of us. This message was very helpful for me. When i feel down, i can focus on what Christmas really means and ask for God’s help to heal my heart.
Many of us will have Christmases that some of our family members and friends may not be there for us anymore which will feel sad of course. But having hope in God in my heart makes room for healing and for that, I am grateful.
Enjoy the time unplugging with the ones that you love and care for this Holiday season. I wish all of you peace and love. Happy holidays to all ❤️