This year we’ve had loss. My Mother-in-law passed away in February and my Gran passed away in May. Three years ago we lost my husband’s step-Mom. Two years ago my Step-Dad. My Dad has been gone for years now. My husband and I each have one parent remaining. We have no Grandparents. We’re in our 50’s. Old to some of you but not that old to most. And more than half of our family is gone.
I don’t say all of this to depress anyone or to cause anyone to feel sorry for us. On the contrary. I say all of this to encourage you.
As you have those family gatherings, some of which you look forward to and some of which you’re dreading, take it all in. Take in the people that are around you. Look around the room and know that some may not be there the next Christmas or the one after that. They may not be your favorite but their presence will be missed when they are gone. And with this whole circle of life thing, I hate to break it to you but loss happens. And it stinks. And it’s hard. And it’s messy. And it’s sad. Even if they weren’t your favorite people. And especially if they were.
Take it in. Look around. And ask God to give you extra patience and love for those who make it their goal to be unloveable. What I wouldn’t give for another moment with those we’ve lost. One. More. Moment.
If you have that….take it.
Much love. xo