This year, I will experience the sixth Christmas without my parents. In 2015, the Lord called both of my parents home within one month and three days of each other. We knew my mother’s home-going was imminent, but my dad’s passing caught us off guard. Since that time, the holidays and other special occasions have not been the same. Whether literally or figuratively, there are two empty chairs at the table each year. Knowing this will always be the case as long as I live on earth, I, like so many others, have to make the most of the situation and move on with life.
However, because I know where my parents are and I know that one day I will join them there, the Lord has given me something to which I can look forward. One day, I will experience a wonderful Christmas in Heaven. A glorious Christmas awaits me, and not only me, but all who have placed their faith in Christ.
I have no idea what Christmas is like in Heaven or if it is even celebrated there. I suspect that more than Christmas, life every day will
be a celebration of the fact that God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son to save the sins of all who would believe. His resurrection will surely be the celebration in which we will take part.
Perhaps, like me, you have loved ones who are awaiting your arrival in God’s Heaven. Can you imagine how it will be to once again see the faces of those from whom we have been parted for so long? How great it will be to sit with them around God’s table and rejoice over the incredible salvation we share in Christ! Will we talk about old times, will we look forward to the eternity we will have with each other, or will our focus just be on Jesus? I do not know, but I am looking forward to it!
It could be that some reading these words have experienced the death of a loved one this year and will for the first time be spending Christmas without him or her. God bless you! I know how it feels. As you grieve, I encourage you to remember that the death of your loved one, if he or she died in the Lord, is not the end of the story.
Someday soon, a glorious Christmas and/or daily celebration of God’s love for us all will be experienced by us all in God’s Heaven.
Until then, make new memories, love harder, forgive more easily and look forward to what our great God has in store for those of us He has called to be His children—the ones He will soon call home to be with Him and our loved ones who are already there!
Jerry Fulton's goal in life is to share the love of Jesus, so others might become followers of Christ.