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For the past year or so, the carnival has been hosted by Bridget Chumbley but she is taking a break right now, so she’s asked me to take over from her.
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Dec 28 – Reflection
Today’s Entries: Rejoice
“Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel has come to us”
“Joy to the World”
This time of year is a time of rejoicing, happiness and cheer.
At least, it should be.
I’m sure that many of the carnival posts today are on the theme of Christmas and why it is such a time of rejoicing and happiness. I’m going to let them talk about that – and they’re right, Christmas IS a time to rejoice but something happened this weekend which stood in stark contrast to that.
On Sunday, I received an email bringing me the sad news that the husband of one of my cousins had died suddenly and unexpectedly. The cause of his death is as yet unknown, all we know is that he is no longer with us and he leaves behind a wife in her thirties and two young children.
A short while after receiving that email, I tootled off to church with my family and sat through a program all about the joy of Christmas.
The performances by the children were excellent and the message was true, well presented and fun to watch, yet I couldn’t help thinking about my cousin and her children who must be feeling anything but joy right now.
How can they rejoice when their husband/father has been taken away from them so suddenly?
Of course, there is the aspect of rejoicing in all things with God but these are human beings who have lost the person who was closest to them. This will be a very sad Christmas indeed for them.
In fact, every Christmas from now on will be tinged with the memory of this year. The sadness will fade a lot over time, but there will always be a touch of sadness going hand-in-hand with the joy of Christmas.
It reminded me that as we rejoice in our Savior’s birth and the celebration of all that his birth meant, there are many around us who have reasons not to rejoice at Christmas, who ‘put a brave face on’ but inside are crying with pain.
Let’s remember those people this Christmas and lend some compassion and consideration to them even as we rejoice and celebrate the wonder of Christmas.
Do you know anyone who won’t be ‘rejoicing’ this Christmas?
What can YOU do to offer them support and encouragement?