Christmas is so hard when you are grieving.

So many friends.
So many women I’ve met when speaking. So many I’ve been connected to by mutual friends.

So many are hurting.

I know so many widows. I know others who have lost a parent, or a child, or a marriage. It’s heartbreaking. I’m watching some lose loved ones slowly who have dementia.

Will you join me in praying specifically for these? My heart is so heavy and hurting for them.

But, I’m also encouraged, because I know they will not always hurt this much.

Dannah Gresh ( recently spoke on grieving. She said –
“𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧: 𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐨𝐤𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞.”

“Sometimes strong Christian women don’t give themselves permission to slow down to be “weak and weep.”

“We often mistakenly believe that holding it all together is an essential part of being a godly woman.

‘𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯, 𝘢 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘯: . . . 𝘢 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘥 𝘶𝘱; 𝘢 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘢𝘶𝘨𝘩; 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦.’ — 𝘌𝘤𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘴 3:3-4

There is a time to mourn, Sister, and you might be in that time right now. But you know what that means? There’s also going to come a time when you’re not locked. You no longer feel this grief so potently. You might always feel it to a degree, but it will get less and lighter.

But a promise: the time will come when the deep wound that has been an anvil on which God has forged your strength will be a blessing.” (AMEN!)

Gresh goes on to say one day “the weeping will turn to laughter, sweet laughter, and when heavy mourning will eventually give way to light-hearted hope filled dancing.”

And you know, she’s right. I’ve seen it my own life and the lives of many others who have grieved — it won’t always be this hard.

God will carry you.
He will dry your tears.
He will even give you laughter again.

I know Christmas is especially hard when you are grieving, but remember, let’s remind each other—the CHRIST of Christmas, He’s the HELP for your heart and the HOPE for your tomorrows too!

Let’s truly pray for each other.

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