When Christmas Can Be Tough

merry_christmasIt’s almost Christmas. As the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” As I’m sitting by the bed of my 98-year old mom who is no longer eating or drinking, you may be wondering how this Christmas could be the most wonderful time of the year for me and my family.

It’s difficult losing a loved one anytime, but especially at Christmas when families tend to gather together and form traditions that last through the years. But Christmas is still the most wonderful time of the year even as I watch someone I love slip away from life on this earth.

Why? Because at Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Savior. God came to this earth as a baby born in a stable, for one purpose – to die for our sins and give us eternal life, a life beyond anything we could ask or imagine. Our death ushers us into the presence of our Savior for eternity.

I can still rejoice this Christmas because I know that the birth of Jesus over 2000 years ago gives us hope as we face death on this earth. I know where my mom will spend eternity – all because a baby was born in Bethlehem. She put her faith in Him as her Savior, and when she takes her last breath on this earth, she will step into His presence. Without Jesus, we’d have no hope after death.

So, even in the midst of this difficult time, I can say that Christmas is still the most wonderful time of the year, because of what it means. Christ came into this world – for us. Because of His coming, His death, and His resurrection, we can look forward to life after death. No more pain. No more sin. No more tears.

It’s not about the food, the presents, the decorations, even the music – we celebrate Christmas because of Christ.

I’m praying mom will get to celebrate Christmas this year in heaven with her Savior and her loved ones who have gone before her.

Regardless of our circumstances, may we find peace and joy this Christmas because of the One whose birth we celebrate. It is the most wonderful time of the year.

Merry Christmas!

8 Comments
  1. Crickett, Allan ‘s mom went to heaven on Dec. 16 . This time of year renews our hope of the Savior’s coming again and the Joy our loved ones are having in His presence when they leave us. We can truly sing Joy to the World since your mom prepared room for Him in her heart we are praying for you love carolyn

    • Thanks, Carolyn. I can only imagine what mom is doing now. So glad she gets to spend Christmas with Jesus! We miss her already but so glad she’s free. Love you and Merry Christmas.

  2. I enjoyed reading your article. It’s been 5 years since Mom went to her heavenly home. We still miss her very much, not just on Christmas but every day. Your Mom was one of her sweet friends and they both were faithful in their service to the Lord. It is a wonderful time of the year as we celebrate the birth of our dear Savior. I am sure my Mama and Daddy are together in their heavenly home along with other loved ones. They are happy & pain free in the arms of our dear Lord and Savior. I know your strong faith will sustain you at this difficult time. Please know I will keep you and your Brothers in my prayers.

    • Yes, Angie, mom and your mom were good friends. So thankful that they’re together now. Thanks for your prayers. We’ll be bringing mom back to P.D. That’s where she wanted to be buried. That’s home. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  3. This is so beautiful Crickett! As I picture you sitting next to your Mom, you are thankful for all you have shared in this life and the hope and reality of the glory to come, because of her yes to Jesus. Only in that hope could you desire a ‘better Christmas’ for your Mom in heaven. May the joy of The Lord continue to be your strength!

  4. Thank you, Val. I’m so thankful I was with her when she took her last breath. So glad she’s with Jesus now. Merry Christmas!

  5. Crickett, what a great, inspiring post! I’m so sorry to see (in the comments) that your mom has passed away, but I’m glad she is no longer suffering and that she’s with Jesus. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Peace be with you, my friend. Merry Christmas!

  6. Thanks, Mandy. I am so glad that mom was able to spend this Christmas face to face with her Savior. And I’m so thankful the Lord allowed me to be there when she stepped into His presence. She’s pain-free now and that makes me smile. Hope you had a Merry Christmas! Love you,

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