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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas is for the brokenhearted

Well, It's Christmas eve...and it is raining. Raining outside on the snow-covered earth and raining inside my heart these days. Christmas can be a funny time for me. Sometimes it is a hard season - the end of the year, time of reflection - am I who I want to be? Have I accomplished anything at all since last year at this time? And Christmas is a wonderful time too - filled with family and friends and warm memories and lights and trees and gifts. This year every minute my feelings about Christmas seem to change.
Today I was talking to a close friend about how I feel about Christmas these days and our plans for Christmas day came up. She invited me over, said she is having other people over that are brokenhearted too. I said, "oh you are having the Christmas for the brokenhearted this year". And that is when it hit me. Christmas is the greatest gift of love - specifically for the brokenhearted. Yes, Christmas is about presents, friends, family, food. It is about lights and songs, traditions. But, the precious reality of it all is that at the heart of it is God's gift to us. God's gift of hope and redemption amidst a broken world. It is light and joy and indescribable peace offered to all of us who endure moments of broken-heartedness. Merry Christmas - and may you all know the greatest gift given to you, Jesus Christ.
Psalm 34:18
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.


Anonymous said...

Thanks Jen, you have no idea how much I needed to read your blog.

Craig Maloney said...

May your broken heart find mending, and be made better and stronger (faster?) through it all.

Tracy said...

yes Jen - He is for the brokenhearted. We are the brokenhearted. Until that great day when we see him face-to-face and our hearts are forever mended.

Praying along side you today that Father God is palpable.


Kim said...

What a precious reminder...and umm I think you forgot your role...I think WE are the ones that are supposed to be speaking healing words to you....and yet here you are...and I love you for it!