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A Sad Christmas?
Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:1–7


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.
(v. 3 NIV)


Would you think poorly of me if I told you that sometimes I don’t like Christmas?

As our four kids were growing up, Christmas around our house was a hectic, funny, warm, and sacred time. Lisa, Julie, and Steve still enjoy recalling those Christmas mornings when Mom was holed up in a bedroom, frantically wrapping the last few presents so we could get the unveiling started.

Perhaps you noticed that I mentioned just three names. The missing name explains our not-so-enjoyable Christmases. One year in particular was absolutely horrible. We didn’t put up a tree. We didn’t get out the decorations. And as the day approached, we left town. That was our first Christmas after seventeen-year-old Melissa died in a car accident.

Memories of all those kid-friendly Christmases made it too hard to contemplate celebrating the day without her. So we didn’t do Christmas that year—and it took a few Christmases to feel like enjoying it again.

Maybe you face this Advent season with a heavy heart. If so, I understand. But guess who else gets it? Your heavenly Father. He too suffered the death of a child—His only Son. The One who entered the world on that joyous first Christmas would face a horrid death that even included temporary estrangement between Father and Son (Matthew 27:46).

If Christmas is hard this year, recall that the God who gave us the baby Jesus is the “God of all comfort.” Knowing the pain of death, He understands—and He promises never to leave your side (Hebrews 13:5). Lean on Him.

Dave Branon
Beyond the Valley