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!