Post-it Note #34: Hurting Hearts for the Holidays

6 years ago I had a baby right in the midst of the Thanksgiving festivities.  Five years ago I miscarried a baby in the midst of Thanksgiving preparations.  Sometimes the holidays bring great joy and full hearts.  Sometimes they remind us of loss because it glares more when families are gathered and there are empty chairs.  To everyone out there who is feeling grief this Thanksgiving, I just want to say, you are not alone in your grief.  You are loved and valued and treasured and God sees every tear.

You want to be strong for those around you but your heart is breaking.  God sees.  And He will hold your heart together.  Spend some time today recognizing the ones you have loss.  The ones you’ve loved and still love.  It will help.  It’s ok to mention their name.  It’s ok to say that their presence is missed.  It’s ok to admit that things won’t be the same again.  But THEN, thank God.  Thank Him for every moment you had.  Each smile and laugh.  The fun times.  The great memories.  And if their home is now Heaven there is much to be thankful for.  Pour out Thanksgiving to the ONE who gave you that person you miss.  And it will bring healing to your heart.

Count your blessings today.  Name them one by one and ton by ton.  And if you have those you love close, be especially grateful.  If you can reach out and love on someone else, do it.  You’ll be so glad you did!



Psalm 100

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.