I went Christmas shopping the other day and while trying to figure out gifts people I needed to buy for would like I was walking through different stores in the mall. Now I must tell you that I hate shopping. If I have to go to a store I almost always know what I need so I go, maybe compare a few similar items, make my selection and go. But I needed to buy Christmas gifts and while it would be so much easier to give money or gift cards but that doesn’t really say much other than, “here, take this I couldn’t be bothered to go shopping. So for people that know me, they realize the effort it takes for me to go shopping. I do something I hate doing for people that I love because actions say more than words or money plus if I mess up and get the wrong size or whatever they can always take it back and exchange it get a refund but they know I tried.
This is] a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. Titus 3:8
I was walking through the stores and looking at different things, slowing down when something caught my eye. Several times as I walked past displays of different things I thought about people that I no longer shop for, my mother, father and others who are no longer in my life. They may not physically be in my life but they will forever be in my heart. Some of the things I saw I thought how much my mother would like it and a few things I thought would be good gifts for my dad or others. The thoughts about I should get that for my mother occurred quickly and I thought about how she would enjoy it and then reality struck and boy even after so long it still stings. Yet, death awaits us all.
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Ecclesiates 12:7
But, death and loss are a part of life. I take great comfort and joy knowing that I will be reunited with loved ones I have lost. Until then, my parents and many others are rejoicing with Christ. Until the time comes I will still miss them but Jesus has helped me to think on the happy memories and let go of the painful thoughts.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelations 21:4
Dear Lord, I praise You for all You are and I thank You for the lessons You give me, for the reminders that we have cause for joy, even when we feel some sorrow. I also thank You for parents that taught me right, even though at times I went down the wrong path and for Your faithfulness in bringing me back to where I should be. I thank You for the promise that death has been defeated and that there will be a day when there is no more sorrow. I pray in Jesus’ name that You draw my loved ones to You and pray that they all know Your love, and hopefully, in some way loved ones no longer with me will know that they are loved and missed and I am looking forward to they day we are all reunited.
Thanks for the visit today. I hope the Christmas season is going well and all are remembering the real reason to celebrate. Have a blessed day. And be a blessing to others.