Holidays can be bittersweet

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Holidays can be bittersweet as past memories of family gatherings bring smiles followed closely by tears as the face of those we love come to our minds and we remember that they have gone on before us. While we are thankful that they are celebrating every day in praising our LORD in His Throne Room, there is still grief for separation.

I don’t have all the answers to explain difficult circumstances. I can say that I know God is right here, right now in all facets of my life as well as in yours, joys as well as deep sorrows. He is an involved Father who holds His child during sickness and listens no matter how many times the child cries out in pain. He sees every tear and His heart is tender to your despair. He will sift through my emotions with His Spirit and separate truth from deception. He gives wisdom, love and mercy in a never-ending stream, filling me when I am dry and thirsty.

So if you find yourself in a difficult holiday this year, allow Jesus to walk with you through the day. Grab hold and cling to the truth that you are not alone. Jesus will tell you about the darkness of one Friday in His life and then remind you of the glory that came 48 hours later on a quiet Sunday morning. Things are not always as they seem. You can count on Him seeing you and staying with you whether your world seems joyously light or darkly cloudy. And that may give you the reason to turn to God and say, “Thanks.”