Dealing with a loved one who has passed on
Christmas is a time we celebrate with great joy the birth of our Savior. It is because of Him that we have salvation. In response, generic thumb our families gather together as best they can to give Him thanks. I believe God loves it when we gather together; it gives Him great pleasure to see us so happy. God is always with us, sale but His presence is so much more pronounced when we share meals together, sing carols about His Son, and exchange gifts of love with one another. But as each year passes our families change. Our children become young adults, marry and possibly move away. Sometimes it is difficult not to be able to have the Christmas celebration the way it used to be. Of course we would all like to be together every year, but that is not always possible here on earth. And then there are some family members that will be missing for the first time because they have moved on from this life on earth. But lest we forget, in the midst of all of these changing circumstances the reason we gather together is to give God thanks for sending His Son. One day there will be a great Christmas in heaven that will far out surpass even the best one here on earth. And every grandmother, grandfather, mother, father, cousin, uncle, and child who made Jesus the Lord of their lives while here on earth will be there (John 11:21-28).
The following is a poem written for those who have lost loved one’s recently. It would be a great teachable moment to read this poem during a Christmas devotion, along with passages of Scripture surrounding the birth of Christ (Luke 2:1-19). At the end of your reading, reflect back on those who have passed on and praise God for the incredible Christmas ahead when everyone can be together again. .
First Christmas in Heaven
First Christmas in Heaven!
Oh what would it be?
This to begin
Not tinsel, but glory:
Not presents, but Him.
And the old Christmas story
Unmarred by earth’s sin.
Not bells, but angel’s song.
Not lights, but the Light:
Not joy one day long,
But eternal delight.
Not a dying fire
At the close of the day
And children who tire
Coming in from play.
But sparkling strength:
No weariness there.
A day without length.
With no strife or tear.
And so, dear Lord, as we gave upon
Our little Christmas tree.
We thank you for our dear ones gone
Who are spending Thy birthday with Thee?
By: Sybil Beck
Entrance into a heavenly Christmas
John 11:21-28 21 Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 “Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.” 28 When she had said this, she went away and called Mary her sister, saying secretly, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”
The birth of the Savior
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