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God’s Care and Consolation

December 26, 2018

When I thought, “My foot is slipping,” your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. (Psalm 94:18-19)

The Scripture reading from Celtic Morning Prayer this morning touched something within my heart. Christmas Day was a bittersweet experience for me. It is good to have Denise’s family here for Christmas, yet there is an empty place at the table. This was our first Christmas without her Mom who died this past March.

When I called my Dad, I could hear the loneliness in his voice. He misses my Mom and it has also been a difficult year for him with multiple health concerns. My heart went out to him as we talked.

Beginning with our Blue Christmas Service on Friday I have been thinking a lot about those who are missed especially at Christmas. Many of my friends posted pictures and had similar reflections. Missing loved ones at Christmas… loved ones who are physically absent but very present in their hearts….

The promise of Psalm 94:18-19 is that even when I feel my feet slipping on the path I am walking, the Lord lifts me up. As I lift in my own heart so many who feel the loss of loved ones this holiday season, my prayer is that they too will be gently lifted by the arms of our loving God.

In that moment, may the light of Christmas Hope that Howard Thurman speaks of be kindled. And may its glow lighten hearts and lives.

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