Christmas is a time to be with family and friends. A time to give thanks for what we have, to pray for those who have lost everything because of Mother Nature, for those homeless and for the lonely. As a grandmother and a mother, whose grandchildren and children are constant absences in my life, my heart goes out to all the grandparents and mothers who are no longer thought of. You are all in my prayers.
Spend Christmas With My Son
A single stocking hangs from the fireplace that is cold and dark, she sits wrapped in a blanket in the corner of the room, which is silent and empty. No sounds of joy fill her heart. No laughter to make her smile. Another Christmas comes and goes, no cards, no gifts, and no hellos. She has aged so much over the Christmas past; she has faded away, her heart shattered. Once she had a loving home, lights, and laughter all around. The warmth from the fireplace, the crackling wood sounds. Smells from the kitchen of the food being baked, and the sweet aroma of the cakes filled the air.
Music played and she would sing as the tree was decorated; lights were hung and fragrant pinecones placed beneath the tree. The Christmas lists that were made by her two gifts of life are still within, folded and hidden in her memory. The precious ornaments are hanging all around the tree and the collections of nativities are everywhere, reminding her of the birth of Our Lord.
Suddenly in this room of darkness, a light appears. She is not afraid, she wishes to see her children again, kiss the cheeks of her grandchildren. To feel someone hug her, call her mom, to hear the words “I Love You”, once more. To know she is loved as she has loved…
The light becomes brighter and the room fills with warmth. A voice so beautiful speaks:
I come to comfort you my daughter and bring you peace. I come with love from my Son that is beyond measure. My Son has walked with you every step of your life, feeling your pain, your agonizing heart, sharing in your loneliness and isolation. My Son sees the goodness of your heart, the kindness of your soul, the compassion and love you have buried so deep. Your devoted love for Him. Come with me now my child and hold my hand. I will take you on a journey to see the good you have done in your life.
With her eyes closed, feeling warm and at peace, she let herself go and through her journey, God showed her all the good things she did as a mother wiping away the bad because the love she had was so strong. All the things she did as a friend to others; wiping away the offenses she caused because she would lay down her life for her friends, her love was so strong. All the kindness was given to strangers; wiping away questions of doubt that were selfish because she loved her God so much, all the pain, criticism, persecution for things she was said to have done, but
God knew her true heart, and she bore this pain in silence.
Wiping away the hurts she may have caused others. As the journey ended, she saw the face of her children, she cried; saying, “I have always loved you”. She saw the grandchildren she so deeply missed and they knew her and said, “ We love you, Nana. That is the innocence of God’s love within their tiny hearts. The beautiful voice spoke again saying, “My Son will always be with you as I will” Someday you will live with us… But for now, make your home beautiful for HIM. Spend your Christmas with my Son, and he will always bring you joy.
As she opened her eyes, she saw the light and the joy within that empty place and she was no longer alone.