My Grandmom could cook, but I’ll never forget the year that she said she wasn’t making turkey anymore for Christmas, but from now on it would be chicken spaghetti! I remember the horror! We looked at each other and wondered if her orange juice had fermented or something. So, we had chicken spaghetti until she died! We all needed a safe space after hearing that news.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more “exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” II Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV
Sometimes we need a little perspective. Since the chicken spaghetti ordeal, we’ve experienced real grief during the holidays. For many, the holidays are bittersweet because we have the mixture of wonderful memories and painful loss. What do you do? If you’re struggling with the holidays, focus on the Living Lord who loves you and is working in your life to encourage you and prepare you for eternity! Don’t focus on the temporary pains and frustrations of loss, focus on God’s eternal grace, love and purpose for your life.
That first Christmas without a loved one can be very difficult, and sometimes we have no idea what to do for those hurting in the holidays. So, what do you do? Love them, include them, allow them to change some of their traditions. Pray for them and talk to them about the one they are missing. Just remember, Christmas is about giving, not receiving. It’s about reaching out to a broken world. Let’s put Christmas in perspective, God’s perspective and maybe eat a little chicken spaghetti if you need to.