Christmas brings such a variety of feelings with it: wonder, excitement, confusion, hurt, grief, loneliness, anticipation, and joy. We tend to focus on the positive ones and try to hide those we think of negative. But perhaps they’re not as negative as we think. After all, grief helps us remember the moments we miss. Mixed in with grief is often joy and honor to have the memories we have. Yes, we might also have regret and confusion, hurt and loneliness, but we don’t have to hide it all, masking it with a smile, presents, and busyness.
Perhaps you’re approaching Christmas this year with a huge gap in your life and heart. You are not alone.