7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
I had an amazing Christmas with my family! My children were a blessing and a joy to watch as they had fun with their presents. My son thought it would be fun to open his presents with his mouth. (he is 15 months old) My daughter spent the whole day clinging to a pillow pet. I laughed at some presents and rejoiced with other people as the present they received was just right. There was something missing though.
I don’t about you but for me there were empty seats at the Christmas table. It was in the midst of this incredible day that I noticed family members who passed away, friends who I just lost touch with, and family that chose to do other things with their lives. As I realized this, my heart hurt. I longed for the friendships and the memories of the ones I loved.
I whispered a hurried prayer as I shuffled from thing to thing. “God please ease my pain. Please help me to remember the one’s I adore and still enjoy this day.” As I handed it to Him I started to remember all the fun memories. I wasn’t so focused on the empty seat as I was the memory of beautiful things that passed.
I know from talking to you that a lot of you have suffered losses this year. Some of you have lost family, friends, spouses, and children. You have mourned and done the best you can to move forward and then you see the empty seat and it starts anew.
I want to encourage you the way that God encouraged me. Let God have the pain. He can not ease your suffering if you never ask. I am not saying it will go away. I am simply saying that God will help you find joy in the midst of it. The song I will be posting really blessed my heart as I walked through this yesterday. I hope it will do the same for you.