I'm not sure if any of you will remember but this is my first Christmas without my Mom and Dad. To be accurate, Dad passed away two weeks before Christmas last year and then Mom in February.
Because we had lived away for over twenty-seven years, I didn't get to spend many Christmas's with my parents after we had moved. But there were the weekly phone calls and my yearly Spring and Fall trips back. And until they were too old to travel they would visit us every summer too.
Anyway, I am really missing them...
The above photos are blurred as my husbands old computer uses bitmap, which doesn't improve on an already old photo.
But in looking back over the photo it is sad to see how many of our family has already passed on.
My Mom & Dad I already mentioned. My Aunt Vi is gone. My sister and brother in-law have both passed. And my sisters son, Lee, died in a car accident many years ago.
This makes me realise how fragile our life really is and how quickly our lives can take a turn. And also how our life is always changing.
I am thankful that although the loved ones who were a huge part of my life are gone, I still have and will always have the Lord with me.
He will never leave me, nor forsake me-Hebrews 13:5
And he has sent a Comforter to help me through those rough times-John 14:16
What has really helped me with the sadness I have been feeling this holiday is to dwell on the memories of all the good times that we had shared together.
It has made me realise even more what a gift they were in my life!
I've been able to find joy in recalling all of the fun times we shared together over all of the years, and especially those at Christmas time.
May your Christmas also be filled with joy, my friends.