No matter how long it's been since your mate passed away, every year the holiday season always comes too soon. It seems like time just speeds recklessly toward Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years day; that magical time of year that everyone looks forward to; that is--everyone but those who have lost a loved one. For those who are still grieving the loss of a spouse, the season is bitter-sweet. It's the time of year when you gather with family and friends for festivities, feasting and fun. But though you are present in body, your mind is with the one you lost. It constantly takes you back to holiday's past that you enjoyed with them. Memories inundate your thoughts, of cooking together at Thansgiving; exchanging gifts at Christmas; and ringing in the New Year with that special kiss. Though you are in the presence of others, you realize that you're not altogether present. You inwardly scold yourself for not being attentive, but it's no use. Your mind insists on drifting back to happier times with your mate.
There's an empty place at the table and
an empty place in your heart. You feel that it will never be filled,
but it will. It will be filled with fond memories of holiday's past;
of cooking together; shopping together; ringing in the new year
together. In time, those same memories will fill your thoughts, but
with different results. A time will come when they will make you
smile; make you laugh—even make you cry—but they'll be happy
tears. GOD is a healer of the broken hearted and promises that He
will heal you.
“.....weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5