We who have suffered a loss do get weary, the grief makes us weary and with all the turmoil going on in the world, sometimes it is more than we can bear. With the holidays here it brings memories of happier times and those damn Christmas Carols playing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and the like, it’s hard to get through some days. As the saying goes “life goes on”. No one mentions if that’s a good thing. It goes on, but it is never the same for us.
Okay, so how do we try to lighten our load, so to speak? Here are a few ways I am finding to bring some peace back into my heart. One way is spiritually, not the “Long Island Medium” kind but the belief that God is always with us and if we ask for his help he will give us what we seek. For a lot of us guilt is a block to finding inner peace. We must forgive ourselves for a myriad of choices we have made in the past. Now I know that this is no small task, but once we eliminate the demons that drive our feelings, we can move ahead to tackle what lies ahead.
For me it was the realization that my time here is finite and I want to enjoy the time I have left and maybe make a difference in someones life, even if I don’t understand what is happening at the moment. A smile or a hello to a stranger is a small thing, but if we are so wrapped up in our grief or guilt, we will not have time to notice what is going on around us.
So here is my advice, and as always you can take it or leave it, but cut yourself some slack. In this busy holiday season take time for yourself. I know radical, huh? Read the Bible, do some things that bring you joy. Call your grand kids or your best friend just to see how they are, and listen. Enjoy some solitude. Read the signs that people and the Lord are giving you. Love yourself.
My favorite scripture is the following: “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart you will find me with you, says the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:14
I hope it brings you the same peace it does for me. I wish you all a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and pray that you find the Peace of Christ in your life.