On December 26th, 1987, at 2 a.m. in the morning a dear family friend passed away, Thomas Benjamin Cobb. He was like a grandfather to me. He was an enormous jokester and loved to play games. That year he fought colon cancer, and it finally landed its final blow to his life the morning after Christmas. I remember at my young age the mixed feelings of losing someone for the first time, while also have the feelings of cheer around the holidays. It was an early lesson learn that happy and sad often come in the same moment because up to that time in my life they seemed segregated.
Many of us during the holidays are not experiencing the holiday cheer of the season because it is only a reminder of a sadness or loss that we have recently felt or has been there for many years. May we take the time to remember those who are struggling during this time and share a kind word of encouragement, a hug, or even a prayer. No matter how we focus on happy things life will still be life and as they say life goes on.
It is in these times we sense the Lord’s presence the most. As you read this you may not be feeling the holiday cheer but rather the holiday loneliness or deep sadness, but please don’t forget the Lord is near if we only draw near to Him. Remember in faith there can be joy in the midst of sadness as we remember His victory over our loss and loneliness.
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.