Plus, no bicycle.
There's going to be a bit of a somber mood competing with the season to be jolly.
My cousin passed away this morning. Robert Lincoln Kent III was just 22 and this will hit the family hard, particularly his mother, Aunt Georgia, who has already lost her husband, RLK, Jr.
But is it the season to be jolly, as opposed to other times of the year? It seems to me that for a Christian (self included) there is a joy we can have year round. In fact, it's part of the Fruit of the Spirit. In other words, Christian joy is not dependent on circumstances.
Christians have Christ in their lives regardless of what happens, even the tragically unexpected death of a family member. Don't get me wrong, we still mourn, but not as the world as though we had no hope.
But there is comfort for the mourning Christian, only for the Christian, a comfort found in our relationship with a loving Father through Christ.
I'll be officiating the funeral up in Illinois sometime next week. It will not be easy to give words of comfort to those hurting. I'd welcome prayers as I attempt to mourn with those who mourn.
For me, this is the season to be sober-minded, remembering the fleeting nature of human life and our pressing need for forgiveness through Christ. God the Son was born in a feed trough, but rose from the dead after having lived a holy, perfect, and sinless life. He came into the world, taking on human flesh, to save sinners, who might have His righteousness through faith/trust in Him and His sacrifical death on the cross.
Each of us will die and face judgment. Nobody is guaranteed tomorrow. If you are a Christian, by God's grace, prasie God and pray for those you love who are not.
If you do not have a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ, please believe/trust in the risen Lord Jesus Christ in order to be saved from the penalty of your sins. There is salvation in Christ alone, for He alone is the way to the Father and life everlasting.
May God be gracious enough to us this Christmas to realize our need for the gift of forgiveness, Jesus Christ, in whom we must believe. Feel free to contact me if you would like to dialogue further on the blessing of having a loving relationship with the Heavenly Father through faith in Jesus Christ.
Merry Christmas to all ... and to all a good night.