One of the blessings of the Christmas season, for me, is the abundance of Christmas music. I thoroughly enjoy it. I
enjoy some of the secular Christmas songs such as “The Christmas Song”, “The Christmas Waltz”, “Have Yourself a
Merry Little Christmas” and “Silver Bells”. I also enjoy the spiritual songs of the season that bring us into the story
of the birth of Christ. “O Holy Night”, “The First Noel”, “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”, “O Come, O Come
Emmanuel”, and even “The Little Drummer Boy” stir my spirit as I reflect upon the birth of the Savior.
Yet, I also notice that there are some sad songs written for this season. “Blue Christmas” is a song detailing the
sadness of someone missing the one they love. Obviously, there has been a break in the relationship and now
sadness and grief fill the heart of the one who sings about having a “blue Christmas” instead of a white Christmas.
Another song that is tinged with sadness is “I’ll be Home for Christmas”. This song talks about the longing of the
singer to be home for Christmas and all of the traditions and sights they want to experience. Yet, the poignant line
in the song says, “I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.” The singer will not make it home for Christmas.
This is a season of joy and happiness. One song says it’s “the most wonderful time of the year”. Yet, for many, this
season is also tinged with grief. As we enter this season, we remember those who have left this earth to enter
eternity. While we are thankful that they are home with Christ, we still miss them. We miss their presence around
the tree and the Christmas table. We miss the gifts they shared and the joy they brought us. Others grieve a
broken relationship in their lives. They grieve a broken marriage that was in place last Christmas. They mourn a
friendship that has been broken. They mourn a child who has walked away with no desire to reconcile. This
Christmas is a different Christmas. They mourn a relationship that should still be in their lives. They miss the
presence of their loved one and grieve the brokenness.
This season is the season of love and joy but it’s also a season where grief and loss are present. At moments when
grief invades, I reflect back upon to the gift of Christ. Christ was born in that manger some two thousand years
ago, so we could have the hope of a home where grief will never be. Christ was born into a world of grief, to bring
the hope and joy that we desperately need. He was born to ensure us that the grief we experience due to death
and brokenness will not follow us into eternity. Instead, He will wipe away every tear of grief from our eyes as we
enter that place where grief will never exist.
Until then, for some of us, this season will be filled with hope and joy, but it will also be tinged with grief. When
grief appears, focus upon the hope born in that manger and the future it promises. A future where grief will never
be, and love and peace will reign in the presence of our Savior.