Tudor Linda's Story
Losing my mum this year, my sister the year before and mum’s partner the year before that caused me to think how Christmas will be without our usual family gathering, so I wrote this reflection:
They won’t be saying “Happy Christmas” this year, BUT they will be saying “Happy Birthday” to the One who was born and became King.
They won’t be giving and receiving cards and gifts BUT they do have the Greatest Gift amongst them.
They won’t be singing “Jingle Bells” but singing along with the praises of the Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counsellor.
They won’t be eating a feast of roast turkey, sprouts, parsnips and Christmas pud, BUT they will be feasting in the mansion prepared for them with the One who will hold the best banquet ever.
There maybe tears as we sit without them with us BUT they’ll always be there within our hearts and we will remember them when we sit and share our memories, like the times we argued over who will get the crispiest roast potatoes and the most pigs-in-blankets :-D
We will pose for our photos, and our smiles will reflect the joy they will already be experiencing in the presence of the One who is with them and who is also with us. Our Lord Jesus, God Emmanuel.
I know they’ll not want us to cry but I know they’ll understand if we do. I know God will send a sign like a Robin or similar to let us know they are safe in His care … and that will be like a huge warm duvet hug to us all.