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Amid the excitement of launching my newsletter, however, I’ve had a wild and woolly Advent season. Things are always a little more harried when Thanksgiving and Advent are so close together, but that can be dealt with easily enough. The things that aren’t easy are things like…
the emotional fallout of a broken friendship, right at the beginning of Advent…
the unexpected death of a family friend, smack-dab in the middle of the month…
and three of my four grandparents spending time in the hospital right here in the final days before Christmas, all of them with major health problems.
This last development has, undoubtedly, been the hardest. We’ve all been deeply worried, and the hospitalizations have changed our traditional festivities dramatically.
But just this morning I was telling a dear friend about my grandparents’ situations, and I remarked rather mournfully, “It’ll be a very different Christmas for us this year.”
Looking me straight in the eye, my friend said, with an encouraging smile, “But it will still be holy.“
That was exactly what I needed to hear. These trials, both large and small, have made the longing of Advent that much more poignant. I’ve been keenly aware of my own need for my Savior amid all the tension and anxiety of the past four weeks–and that is the heart of the season.
Veni, veni Emmanuel!
Come, O come Emmanuel! Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death!
So if your Advent season has been a little frayed at the edges, too, take heart and remember with me: no matter what happens, no matter how crazy and hard our lives may be…
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Whatever happens with your grandparents they’ll always be alive…in your heart
Ah, Maribeth, this post was absolutely excellent and just what I needed. Thank you for writing this. And I will be praying for you and your family, for healing and peace during this season. ❤
I’ll be praying for those different situations! ❤️
My pastor read Micah 5:2-5 yesterday, and the line that stuck out to me was “And he will be our peace.”, even when life is crazy.
Wow – such a beautiful post, Maribeth.
The holiness of Advent is indeed always present, as is the holiness of what we wait for: Christ’s birth. I am praying for this difficult season in your family…I’m so sorry about everything that’s going on. My Advent season has been, as you said…a little frayed around the edges as well, and I feel like this post really brought me in to remember that no matter what’s happening with me, it is still holy. I just love that. Thank you so much for this post – you encourage me beyond description, and I’m so grateful for you and your blog.
Praying for you and your family, and that you all have a Merry Christmas 🙂
P.S. Your family is so beautiful!