How is the Weight of Loss Lifted at Christmas Time?
Do you see the weight next to Connor? It is holding the snowman behind us down. That’s what grief feels like, a huge, heavy weight.
I ran my 1st 5K, eight years ago today. Connor was always up for an adventure, so when I mentioned running for chocolate he was IN! We were up before the chickens and freezing! We were early, took pics and checked out the swag tents. Connor found a set of car keys in the snow and turned them in. I’m certain the owner would be grateful that he was looking down.
The race began and off we went! As I ran – slow but sure – he encouraged me to keep going. He was smiling, talking easily and literally ran backwards in circles around me! He kept me moving, even when my breath was short and legs felt like lead! He kept me laughing the entire way!
Everything he did, he did with gusto. I mean why do some thing if you’re not gonna give it 100%? He told me I’d be able to run the entire 5k next year no problem! A challenge was voiced and I listened. He was gone 10 months later.
Since he departed this earth, my mind and body feel that weight. There are days it takes all I have to move forward. My hair is now “silver.” I speak often about loss, in hopes of healing help, to show what grief can look like from the inside out. Serious growth, endured painful patience, with myself and others!
The difference: Is how I see loss today, versus years ago.
It’s Christmas time, which means our Savior was born. Thanks be to God! HE is the one that can lift the weight of grief. I pray the weight in my head pulls back, just enough to remind me to look up! He is the ONLY way the frown of grief can find relief.
The Apostle Paul said, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21. What does this mean? What we lose in life we will gain in heaven. BEFORE that time comes, our purpose on earth is to live as a light of hope, in the darkness of sin and death. We are to fix our eyes on Jesus. When we fix, we pray, praise and give thanks; as we do, the weight becomes lighter.
Have confidence in HIM my friends. HE came to save those that repent and believe. HE is the ultimate provider of grace and mercy. HE gives the peace that passes all understanding.
Thank you God for sending your Son! ♥️
Believe in Jesus,
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16