When we hurt, we still have the need and prodding to move forward. Power is greater than pain.
When we lose a loved one we are sad, we had and still have immense love given to them and they for us. Love is greater than loss. Love continues even when we are apart.
Immense love is what we have for 2 lost family members this past year, my Aunt and my Dad, the love grows in memories. The power to move forward comes in time and does not negate the pain but checks in into a place reserved for it. Like a vast cavern of love, there is a shelf you can set your pain and loss on and keep living and exploring love.
Love is a gift that comes from a source higher than us. How cool and blessed to dig thru my grandmother’s pantry in the farmhouse that has been in my family over 120 years. The pantry had a corner – not accessible until now until layers of layers was removed and it had a preservation of some treasures and some trash and you would be surprised… It is as if one left my grandmother’s stuff as part of a memory shelf. This is one of those pantries where every banana sticker lined the door jams. We pulled out toys and treasures and trash, talked excitedly of playtime and hide and seek. We found some amazing letters to Santa on this day which was and is 12/6 St. Nicholas Day, lists asked for steam engines, kewpie dolls. We found gifts not yet given too, fire king dishes, glasses, supplies. The treasures we unearthed were but a sliver of remembering the love. It’s not about taking an item home, it’s more memories that I hold than my arms or house could hold in stuff. I have memories more organized and vast than the depths of these closets. I don’t need stuff to feel love. It’s like the penny you place in a purse sitting on a shelf or given away, it recognizes the blessings we have enough to give away some.
My mom read a Christmas card from her twin, gone 5 years now, written as young preteens, a beautiful depiction and verse of Christmas peace from the birth of a King. We have a memory and a current love from the Lord, not just on Christmas but everyday. We have a constant in our lives today – LOVE – and we best not leave our faith sitting on a shelf forgotten. CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT A GIFT UNWRAPPED. Christmas is the Lamb of God given to save the world, a baby who lived into the love He already gave. Love over loss. Power over pain. Faith over Forgotten-ness.
Jesus gave more than just a little penny tucked away in a purse of HOPE. He gave it all. God wrapped His Love up as a gift, the total Love of God the Father, Jesus the Son, God in Holy Spirit. God is LOVE and therefore love is much bigger than loss. And God will come again to take us Home. He knows we are His Treasure.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2