Is It Holly and Jolly?

It only takes a few minutes out there shopping, watching people fight for parking places and cashmere sweaters for the “holly jolly” to turn into, “really?”

Maybe this Christmas isn’t at all the way you envisioned it, due to finances or sickness.  Maybe you’ve experienced loss and you’re flooded with memories.  Memories, good or bad, can evoke the ebb and flow of grief to resurface like a tidal wave.

For a couple of weeks Hunter, Haley and I have been praying for some way to be a blessing to someone over Christmas.  We were able to visit a dear, 86 year-old friend in the hospital the other day.  She was delighted to see us, but she seemed a little down.  She commented that it felt nothing like Christmas this year.  Being hospitalized  to have surgery was not what she anticipated, I’m sure.  Fortunately we had the foresight to take her some Christmas music and other selections we thought she might enjoy:)   She loved on my children and they loved on her.  We sang per her request, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” The smile on her face was priceless, and in that moment we were all in awe of the faithfulness of God.  IV’s, Foley bag, BP cuffs and all, we knew we were on holy ground… with Jesus in our midst.   We prayed together, then reluctantly exchanged hugs, kisses, and goodbyes.

During our drive home, my son commented “that was the most fun I’ve had on Christmas break so far mom!”  My children were so excited that they had been a part of making someone’s not-so-holly-jolly Christmas a little more jolly.

If your heart is heavy today, find a way to make it about someone else.  Reach out to make someone’s Christmas more jolly.  Bless someone, and you will find yourself being the one blessed!

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.  Galatians 6:9-10

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