Happy thanksgiving week-end! I hope it was a day full of good food, lots of laughter and loved ones. The holidays are full of emotions, memories and people- that’s the great thing about the holidays but can also can be the great challenge. There are many who are surrounded by loved ones and many who are grieving.
For those of us who are celebrating, take an extra moment to be grateful for all the ways you are blessed. Hug your loved ones, invite a new friend and embrace the moment. Sit and talk, ask questions and tell stories. Open the nice wine, don’t worry about your messy house and enjoy. Today is a gift. Don’t take it for granted. For those of us who are grieving someone, take an extra moment to be grateful for the love you had, for the moments that were a gift and breathe. Don’t pretend that you’re ok and take a moment to breathe. Tell a friend, co-worker, or neighbor that you are sad or mad or lonely. Be where you are at and breathe.
Not too long ago, I had a season where I was profoundly sad. The holidays were a blur because I was just trying to get through them. I was just trying to survive. My temptation was to put my head down and try to get through it on my own. I made it through that season but I look back and wish I had done some things differently. I wish I had invited more people into my real life. I wish I had been kinder to myself. I wished I had breathed more instead of gutting it out. If you are in a season where things are very hard, I want you to know that you don’t have to do it alone. God created us to be in community and to walk together. God wants to comfort you. God loves you. I invite you to my church family, Covenant Community Church, any time you are able, but especially Tuesday, Dec 4th at 7:00 for a Blue Christmas Service. Please come as you to celebrate and grieve. Please bring a picture of your loved one. We will pray, sing and share the names of our loved ones. Merry Christmas and may God bless you wherever you are.
In His Grip, Julia Leeth
Pastor of Covenant Community Church