SPARE A THOUGHT FOR THOSE WHO MOURN
Christmas – bright lights, party spirit, presents and the company of friends, family and those you love.My thoughts this Christmas have turned to those who have suffered the loss of loved ones particularly those parents of the 20 children and six adults shot in Connecticut, America, the demise of a child is in many ways harder to bear than any other however beloved the deceased may have been.
Old man Death has knocked at the door eight times in my life and when my mother died two weeks before Christmas just over nine years ago, I learned first-hand how hollow all the glitz and glitter of the festive season can suddenly feel to those who mourn. The words “Merry Christmas” is almost an insult given the pain and anguish the bereaved are going through.
Of all my experiences though, it is the untimely death of my younger sister that hit me the hardest. You expect grandparents and the elderly to die – it’s not easy on the emotions but their age means it is not really a surprise. But for those who have lost young children or a sister or brother before they have really had a chance to live, marry, have children of their own – that is the hardest to bear.
I am grateful that my faith helped me through the darkest days as well as kind friends and a loving husband – my prayer for all those who mourn is for God to grant you peace and the strength to face 2013 and for the support and kindness of friends, neighbours and family to help you through. Don’t be afraid to rail at God because He understands what you are going through after all His own dear Son Jesus Christ died a horrible death so that we might all be free of sin if we simply believe in Him.
So this Christmas as you celebrate the joy of the season spare a thought for those who mourn and if you know of anyone alone or who may have suffered the loss of a loved one make a little time to call and ask how they are.