This time of year is such a great time to reflect on what God has given me. I always love the time with family and friends and the time to reflect on the gifts that God gives me. I am so blessed with a great job, a great family, an amazing fiancée, and an amazing group of friends. I’m sure you can reflect on your life as well. Think of all the things you are blessed with. Think of all the ways God has provided for you, and has given you exactly what you need.
This season can also be very hard for many reasons. While it is a time of joy and laughter for many, the holiday season can be a tough season as well. Both of my grandparents on my dad’s side passed away a few months ago. So this is the first year when we won’t go to their house to visit on Christmas. It is the first year when we won’t get together as a whole family and celebrate. I had the privilege of knowing them and being their grandson for 23 years, and in that time, I had a great example of what it meant to have faith in Christ and to have a personal relationship with Him. Even though I find joy with my blessings, I also experience sorrow and sadness in the middle of it.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing
with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
I know that most of you can relate to this. I’m sure you can think of a situation where it is hard to find joy right now. For me, this year will be different. However, I can find joy in the fact that our God is good and His plans are greater. I’m filled with joy today, knowing that I will see my grandparents again. That doesn’t make me miss them less, but it does give me peace during this holiday season knowing that this earth is temporary.
I pray that God will intervene and give you joy in suffering.