As I sip coffee waiting for my family to arrive this morning, I can’t help but think of so many families altering their schedules because they have a loved one working this Christmas day. To them I say “thank you” for loving a public servant. It is a gift to your community!
I’m also praying for those suffering through their first Christmas because the call of duty permanently took the life of someone they love. The loneliness feels unbearable. If that is you, I’m asking the one who came through a manger to take your sorrow and provide serenity in the present, while joy returns over time.
May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. While your loved one is gone, perhaps you can embrace another who loves you more than you’ve known or experienced before. There is a reason why he is also called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Allow his fullness to replace the emptiness that is at hand. In Jesus name I pray, amen.