As we enter into this holiday season, you will hear lyrics from the song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” However, for so many, too many, this season is far from wonderful. While everyone else is preparing, celebrating and enjoying the best of times with friends, family, and coworkers, some are dreading what this time of year means to them. While some are falling in love, others are facing loneliness on a new level. While some are embracing children, others are simply being reminded of an empty womb or children they weren’t able to see grow. While some are running to the homes of relatives celebrating each other and excited about the tastes of the season, others are feeling the losses of loved ones all over again. Seemingly for so many, the joy of the season for ‘everyone else’ is just a blazing reminder of how joyless their lives are. Too, it seems that in those silent nights when the dark seems darker, that the holes appear deeper, the losses greater, and gaping wounds are reopened. In those silent nights, when everything around seems so bright, for some, the darkness is just made more real. But there is hope! There is joy! There is love! There is something, Someone even, in this season, that will bring about the healing you’ve been waiting for!
We want to take the time to acknowledge those ‘silent nights’ because ignoring and denying them can make the suffering greater. However, this is also the season when we are reminded of what it meant to those waiting for the coming Savior and celebrating His imminent return. The same God who humbled Himself and thought it not robbery to step out of eternity and into time to face and endure all the suffering in order to provide a path back to Him, is the same God, who in the nights when you feel most alone, most unworthy, and most empty is waiting in the darkness to be your Light. Be encouraged that He’s waiting for you even in the seasons that you are waiting for Him.
The Word reminds us that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Remember that He spoke to Elijah with a still, small voice. Even in the darkest of nights, He is still the Light. In the loneliest of moments, He is there. In the silence, He yet speaks. Rest in Him and sleep in heavenly peace.
Speak to your silence and purpose to have the Merriest of Christmases.