The On The World, The Lord Is Come, Let Earth Receive Her King
"Tis the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la"
Over the next few days, many will struggle to find "joy" or "jolly." I 'm thinking of dear friends who unexpectedly lost loved ones this year; a family shattered by a spouse 's infidelity in such a way that never again will the family sit together for a Christmas meal; my peer in ministry with crushing health issues; the "man or maid" alone on this holiday that seems to demand companionship; a wife who finally just had enough of her husband 's meanness and walked away, for the first time she faces a fractured Christmas; an elder who has managed to outlive her peers and her children; those parents whose son will not make a Skype call from Afghanistan this year, his death a few months back the result of an improvised explosive device; the resident of a local nursing home, surrounded by peers whose family have visited, but it seems she has been forgotten by her busy family.
Others with melancholy temperament, or having a physical disorder that results in a chemical imbalance known as depression may be "blue" in what is supposed to be these brightest of seasons.
My objective is not to cheer you, but to validate that what you feel is ok. Look to Matthew for validation. The ancient village of Bethlehem was the site of the birth of Jesus Christ, the grandest event in human history. In the same season of time when…