I’ve thought a lot about this blog as Christmas draws near. I wondered what I could offer you today – you whose son is an addict; you whose daughter has an eating disorder; you whose child struggles with a mental illness; you whose loved one relentlessly harms themselves; you whose off-spring is living the gay lifestyle or is transgender; whose child is repeatedly suicidal or is currently serving time in jail or prison.
You with the broken heart.
You with pain so deep you can’t find the right words to describe it.
You with heartache that cuts like a knife.
You who’s lost all hope.
“The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish” (Psalm 25: 17 NIV).
What could anyone ever write in a blog, or an email, or a letter that would help in the least or make any difference?
I wasn’t sure. Then I asked God, who knows all things, and He impressed me with one word: “Prayer.”
So, this I wrote a Christmas Prayer just for you.
Author of the Christmas story, assure these parents You’re still writing theirs – and their son or daughter’s. It’s not over yet. Today is just one more chapter. Give them a renewed awareness of Your presence, in all the mess and the mystery with their child. When they encounter emotional triggers that fill their eyes with tears, bless them with divine comfort. Remind them You sent Your Son to wipe wet cheeks because our pain matters.
Father, walk closely with each dad and mom through these rough days and nights this holiday season. Help them not isolate in sadness or numb their pain in unhealthy ways. Lead them to a place of peace and joy, nestled in their Savior’s arms. Lead them to Your Word and to worship. Work powerfully through the Holy Spirit to do the impossible in their hearts. Thank you for understanding. Thank you for daily strength and endurance. Thank you for caring.
In the name of our Messiah, Jesus Christ, the infant King and Son of God. Amen.
May these Bible verses provide still more comfort:
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord (Psalm 27: 14).”
“No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame . . . (Psalm 25: 3).”
“Surely, you granted me eternal blessings and made me glad with the joy of your presence (Psalm 21: 6).”