Updated: Feb 14
What does faith look like when you’re in the middle of a difficult season? Does it look like keeping a smile on your face and acting like everything is ok? Does it exclude wrestling with God? Can we argue with God; can we be angry with God; can we doubt His love?
Some will enter this Christmas season with heavy hearts and not really feel like being “merry and bright.” Maybe it’s because of a loss we suffered and the Christmas season is a reminder of another year without that person. Maybe it’s because we’re right in the middle of a difficult time in our life due to a job loss, a relationship problem, health problem or something else.
Thirty years ago this Christmas I lost someone close to me in a tragic death. I’ll spare you the details, but Christmas is a reminder of that loss. After thirty years, the deep pain of that loss has subsided, but the memory of the loss has not. This year my wife lost her mom. This will be her first Christmas without her, and her mom loved Christmas. What are we to do when we’re in a season of celebrating our Savior’s birth, but we’re aching from a loss or dealing with a difficult phase of life?