This may be your first or second Christmas without your spouse. You may be wondering how or why I would suggest newness in your life when this time of year may be so difficult. As we walk step by step into our new journey, we will learn how to take a step at a time. Will it be easy? No. However, with proper guidance, and the help of Christ, we can learn how to walk in this life.
There is so much between the Old and New Testament which relate to Jesus’ birth. In the Old Testament, Isaiah 7:14 reads: Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. In the New Testament, Luke 2:10-14 reads: 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.
Imagine how Mary and Joseph must have felt regarding being told they were to be the parents of Jesus. You may think, how does this relate to with widowhood. Think of this as a metaphor. Can you imagine what they were going through? To those who have not lost a spouse, they can not imagine what you are going through either. We do need to trust Jesus to help us walk through this new stage of life just a Mary and Joseph did. Unfortunately, we are not told when we will become single again.
While searching what you are going through, consider Psalms 34:18 which reads: The LORD is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope. In the New Testament in Matthew 11:28 reads: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Perhaps another word for rest would be peace. The promise from God is that He is there with us each step of the way. He promises to give us peace but we need to rely on Him!
Can we do this? Yes, we can but for each one of us it is a different journey. Rest assured that down the road, it takes time. There will be days you may be feeling this just is not happening. There will be days of sorrow and days when you feel like God is definitely not with you at that time. Rest assured that He is!
In Psalms 67:7-8 it reads: For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me. This is God’s promise that he is our help. In Luke 2:14 it reads: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. Again, God’s promise is to give us help!
I pray you feel God’s presence in your life as you go down this journey. May you be able to hold another widow’s hand as she walks this path. Just as God has helped so many from Biblical times to today’s times, He is there for you!
Blessings to each of you. If you feel like you need to chat, please let me know.