It is something to lose someone any time of year, but I say a special prayer for those who have lost a loved one during or around the holiday season(s).
The other day, we were jolted by the news of another childhood friend had passed away. Though we hadn’t kept in touch, it was ironic that a few weeks ago, out of the blue, she sent me a very encouraging message on social media. We conversed, and both probably thought to ourselves, we have to do better with staying in touch. But life interrupted and any chance of that is now gone.
The holidays are supposed to be a time of celebration, a time spent with family and friends, but for many it is a time of great sadness. But this year, I am encouraged to be intentional. I am pausing to make those phone calls that I kept putting off. I purchased and mailed holiday greeting cards like we used to do back in the day. I will continue the traditions and recipes that were passed down from one generation to another. But most of all, I’d ask you to join me in not just doing the same old’, same ole – add and/or create a new tradition, one that this current and future generations can look back on…not so much to remember the grief, but the celebration of the life that was lived!
From our family to yours – Happy Thanksgiving!