Christmas Morning Prayer for Hurting Hearts

Oh, dear one who opened your eyes to the morning light carrying wounds so deep no one can see!

I am so, so sorry.

When things have gone terribly wrong it’s hard to get up and make merry.

I know.

grief is love unfinished

But that first Christmas felt more like heartache and less like ho-ho-ho.  So you are in good company.

You don’t have to pretend that nothing has changed but you can reach out and take hold of what remains.

You don’t have to hide your tears or your memories but you can share them with people who love you and long to help you carry the legacy of the one you miss.

grief like joy is holy receipt pink

Today may be long.

But it is only one day.

You can make it.

You will make it.

I promise.

May you experience the Presence of the Christ of Christmas no matter how dark and lonely and sad you feel.  May your heart hold onto hope regardless of how tempted it is to give in to despair.  May the Holy Spirit Who overshadowed Mary, overwhelm you and fill you with grace and mercy.  May you hear the Father whisper, “Courage, My child” to your soul.

And more than all this, may you know that you are seen, you are loved and you are being carried.  ❤

~Melanie DeSimone

 

 

Author: Melanie

I am a shepherd, wife and mother of four amazing children, three that walk the earth with me and one who lives with Jesus. This is a record of my grief journey and a look into the life I didn't choose. If you are interested in joining a community of bereaved parents leaning on the promises of God in Christ, please like the public Facebook page, "Heartache and Hope: Life After Losing a Child" and join the conversation.

5 thoughts on “Christmas Morning Prayer for Hurting Hearts”

  1. The pain in my heart eases a bit as I read this prayer you have shared. Only those of us who have experienced the loss of a beloved child understand the depth of sorrow that we carry… days, months, years after. Thank you for sharing your words, thoughts, your pain. For we are then truly not alone. God bless.

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  2. Your words today have been the encouragement and validation my heart needed as we face another Christmas without our son. Thank you for what you do every day to minister to our broken hearts. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  3. The Carol service and Mass was so busy last night I found I lost sight of why I was there. I sing in the choir and the nerves of getting it right for everyone takes over. Afterwards, everyone is so busy giving Christmas,wishes there was not a quiet moment to be found.
    I came home and read your post from yesterday again and shared it with my husband.
    As the day ended and I switched off the light the tears flooded in and while the house sleeps this morning they are here again. Thank you Melanie for today’s post I don’t feel so alone in the dark.
    I am still in my PJ’s but I shall pop on my coat and go and take a candle over to the oak tree to my boy and share a few minutes, until we meet again. 💔

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  4. Thank you for sharing this….I’ve just returned from midnight mass…i miss my son……6 years, 7 months. 2 weeks, 4 days…….7th Christmas without my boy…..
    I love him and miss him so much……

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