Holidays that Hurt

thrutreesSometimes, holidays like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day are salt rubbed in open wounds for some of us. Perhaps our circumstances do not permit us to spend time with these special people, or perhaps these relationships are not as open to celebration as they should be.
 
Even if these are your plight, I hope you will consider taking these holidays as opportunities to bless someone out of your abundance. Maybe you have been loved on by someone who has invested their time, energy and talents in you. Maybe you have seen a single mom or dad busting their behinds to provide a safe, structured home against some pretty steep odds. Maybe you’ve seen parents struggle to train their children in what is right, saying “no” to their own personal comfort for this season of their lives. Some of you may even know parents who feel like they have failed because of the tough choices their children have made. And, maybe it’s time to give the gift of forgiveness to a parent who made some mistakes in their parenting–even though they’ve never asked to be forgiven.
 
It doesn’t have to be much–maybe a thank-you card, a handwritten note, a couple of hours of free babysitting, a gift card for a coffee shop or even an invitation for a home-cooked meal.
 
We have all been blessed by SOMEone, and focusing on those blessings will go a long way in taking the sting out of some of the heartache.
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2 thoughts on “Holidays that Hurt

  1. Mother’s Day and Christmas. You’re right. It’s like rubbing salt in an open wound year after year. You’d think by now it would be a little easier, but it’s not. As much as I prayed about it and tried so hard to focus on the blessings in my life, this year was even worse than last. Will I ever get over the pain of not having a child? Of not experiencing the joys that children bring to their parents within that whole new world they magically create? I often wonder, just as I wonder what my holidays will be like once my parents are gone and are no longer here to honor or celebrate with. I know I’m not the only one, and there are a lot of people worse off than I am. But after a difficult day and then seeing all of the posts from everyone, I’m just tired of pretending. When I saw this blog, the tears came flowing, and I just felt it was the time to get it off my chest. Sorry to unload, and I sincerely hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day.

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    • Dear Jesus, please wrap your arms around this precious woman, giving her the comfort only you can provide. Please also renew her hope and remind her that you have a plan and a purpose for her life. Thank You, Jesus, for being enough. ❤

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