Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel. Isaiah 7:14 NRSV

Thought

The festival of Christmas celebrates the season and the day. Likely your secular reference is tradition, now changed by the loss of your loved one. Is it too much effort to put up a tree? Do you decorate, or should the ornaments stay packed away this year? Is it too painful for you to send Christmas cards? Is gift selection a daunting task without your loved one? As you gather with family, or others you choose as family, you realize that the festival of Christmas will never be the same again without your loved one.

Prayer

God, the birth of Christ is the miracle to celebrate at this Christmas season. I am grateful that through this holy gift of your love you are with me. Amen.

Assurance

Emmanuel—God with us.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012