For those who have been bereaved within the last year, there will have been many “firsts”…the first night alone, the first meal alone, the first time attending church alone, the first birthday spent alone, the first anniversary alone…
Sadly at this time of year, Christmas can just be another one of those “firsts”, as many will spend their first Christmas alone this year.
For many Christmas is a traditional time of happiness and festivity spent with their family. However for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, Christmas can be just another one of those occasions you just wish you could boycott as it’s filled with very mixed emotions.
Unfortunately there are no quick fixes to get over grief and get rid of the hurt. But there is a positive, God! God uses the loving support of our friends and family and the passage of time to heal our broken hearts, however there’s still no quick fix.
So this Christmas, whether you are grieving or you know someone who is grieving, and will be experiencing that first Christmas alone, be assured that God will get you through not just this festive season, but your grief.
Please pray for those who will spend Christmas alone for the first time this Christmas, because it will be a particularly difficult time for them, so they need our support more than ever.