Friday night we hosted a prayer meeting at our home and one of the prayers was for all the families who had lost loved ones in the past two years. Children, parents, siblings. Young and Old. Some were unexpected and others after long illnesses. Death is common to everyone. It was a pretty big list.
One sweet widow in our congregation has an anniversary on Christmas Day. She said she couldn’t come to our singing Sunday evening because it was too hard.
Last Wednesday would have been the birthday for our oldest member who died in the summer.
A great brother and song leader lost a brother and cousin in the same car accident and a good friend who was young and died unexpectedly last summer. He was out of town this weekend for the funeral of a close family friend.
My parents both died the week after Christmas, ten years apart but on the same date. It’s especially difficult for my grandfather during the holidays.
Of course, the Dobbs family and Nystrom family (a husband and father was struck by a car while riding his bicycle to work) are on my mind and in my prayers often.
Hang in there. Let’s pray for each other. Many are experiencing the holidays without a loved one for the first time, but it can be painful for decades.
This website has great encouragement and advice: Difficult Season
“…Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.”
What I love about this story is that a great miracle happened and it wasn’t the result of someone begging or approaching Jesus. He approached them. He was moved with compassion for the widow and her situation. He acted.