Comforting those with heavy hearts at Christmas
Last Wednesday night a sweet, seventeen year old girl worked on a paper for one of her classes. Before she went to bed she checked her Facebook page and changed her profile picture to a photo of her and her brother. She labeled the picture, ” My best friend.” The next morning as she was driving to school she hit a tree and was killed. Her grandmother was traveling the same road and came upon the accident.
I live in a very small community and tragedies like the one that happened last week touch us all. On Sunday I went to the funeral home and hugged the young girls aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, siblings (I had her brother in class when I taught) and both sets of grandparents. There just aren’t words to convey the pain this family is experiencing.
I remember clearly how painful the first Christmas was after my mother died and I can not imagine how difficult the holidays will be for this family.
I would like to ask all my readers at NanaHood to pray for Molly’s family and other families who may be suffering because they have lost a loved one. We think of this time of year as being full of joy, but unfortunately for many that isn’t the case. If there is someone in your community, family or church family that needs comforting this Christmas, won’t you reach out to them? After all, Jesus is the real reason for the season and because he lived and died for our sins we celebrate his birth at Christmas and all year long.