Most of us recall the old tune “Blue Christmas” sung by Elvis. The first line of the song says… ”I’ll have a blue Christmas without you...I’ll be so blue just thinking about you…” Perhaps these are descriptive words to the feelings you may be feeling right now.
Whenever we experience the loss of loved ones - significant days like birthdays, anniversaries and holidays highlight that one seat at our family table is empty. It brings up those feelings of the blues due to our grief.
Pastor Cory and I want to let you know that we empathize with all of you. Cory and Julia lost Julia’s dad last year. Jane and I still have memories of her dad, Herb, that died some 25 years ago. We still miss him. We have talked at times and wondered out loud, “I wonder what Herb would think about where our lives are at now?”
We long for a hug, a kiss, a conversation or a laugh from the ones we’ve lost. Needless to say, grief and loss are processes we all go through at various times in our lives.
Jesus even showed his empathy for Mary and Martha when he saw their grief from the death of their brother Lazarus in John 11. Jesus even wept with them. That’s the heart of Jesus that continues to draw me to Him.
In Mark 6 Jesus saw the crowd that ran to hear his teaching and perhaps be healed through the power of the Kingdom. The Scripture says...“By the time Jesus came ashore, a massive crowd was waiting. At the sight of them, his heart was filled with compassion, because they seemed like wandering sheep who had no shepherd. So he taught them many things.” (Mark 6:34 The Passion Translation)
In the midst of our grief and loss, we want to encourage everyone that Jesus knows your grief and looks on us with great compassion. This account in Mark 6 comes to a climax when Jesus takes 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish and feeds over 5,000 families through the miracle of multiplication. Our prayer is that you give him what little you have in your hearts this Christmas season, and He will multiply love and compassion within your souls. He’ll even give you extra to give away to others.
With the compassion of Christ,
Pastors Kirk and Cory