This past year you have lost a son. I share your pain, for I have lost a father, and my mother has lost a husband.
There is a story from the bible I want to share with you:
When Jesus’ good friend Lazarus dies the bible records this simple and emotive verse, “Jesus wept”. And in this way we know that God feels our pain when we lose someone we love. But in the same passage Jesus also extends to all of us this hope: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies…. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25)
As you celebrate the birth of Christ this year (for that is what Christmas is all about – so Linus reminds Charlie Brown), remember that God gave his Son Jesus Christ to die the death of criminals so that “whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Jesus asks “Do you believe this?” Dad believed this grandma, and so do I.
Yecenia and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Derek & Yecenia Ouellette