It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and the most painful, nostalgic, nightmarish time of the year now that my husband is gone. Our hearts and home scream for the void we feel. A voice that once boomed through our home at Christmas as we gathered around the piano is forever silent. The man of our house who wore a Santa hat and regaled us with antics straight out of the North Pole now rests in peace. At least, that is what celebrating Christmas feels like from our perspective. But is that all it is? Is there a reason to celebrate anymore? Are we looking at things from a lop-sided and grief- eschewed perspective?
The voice that once filled our homes with laughter now sings with a chorus of angels. The hands that played the piano to bring music into our world are raised high in praise of our God who never fails. The head that bobbed around the house wearing a Santa hat is now bowed in adoration of an omniscient God. Yes, Christmas is worth celebrating because it is not about whom we do not have with us. It is about whom we hope to spend Christmas with forever. It is about who made Christmas happen – the Christ of Christmas. It is about the hope of eternity in His presence. It is about the promise of seeing our beloved again. Christmas without my husband means more than it did before because while our hearts hurt and long for his presence here on earth – every time we think of him, we are reminded of who Christmas is really about. So, as we gather around the piano and sing this year, as we raise our hands in worship of the King of Kings, and as we bow our heads in adoration, we join in with our beloved who IS in the presence of the King. I hear his voice in my head, and I see him worshiping with the saints. I hear the sounds of trumpets, and the piano fades away. He is celebrating Christmas every day with a passion and fervor we reserve for one day. What a glorious picture?
We wish you a Merry Christmas – we celebrate despite our pain and despite all the sadness in the world. We celebrate because Christmas is about Christ – the Hope of the world. The only assurance we have of eternity in the presence of God. The only reason we look forward to seeing our beloved again. We celebrate Christ, even more, this Christmas, and we look forward to the ultimate, glorious celebration in eternity.
For Unto Us, a Child is born; Unto us, a Son is given. …. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Following the passing of her husband Franz, Cynthia Mascarenhas founded Walk With A Widow, a non-profit organization whose primary focus is healing the hearts of widows by giving love and hope to widows around the world. As one would expect, much of the material crafted for widows can also be of help to widowers.
Cynthia’s insightful articles will appear periodically here on WSN-MO. You can contact Cynthia at her website, www.walkwithawidow.com