2016 has been a challenging year. In my family we experienced loss on both sides, first with the passing of my grandfather in March, and then with the sudden passing of my father-in-law in November.
I'm no stranger to death - I lost both my grandmothers while still in my teens, - but this year it was different. Now that I'm older, I feel each loss in new and varied ways. One positive difference is that I'm now a Christian and have hope that I will see my loved ones again one day.
I admit, though, it was hard to get in the spirit as Christmas grew closer; I can't remember a Christmas when my heart was so heavy. This past Wednesday I attended a service at First Methodist Katy specifically for people like me and my family who are grieving during the holidays. The service was a blessing in itself, but what resonated with me most was this verse from the Gospel of John:
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1:5)
Though this year has been full of shadows, I'm still here, and I still see the light. Praise God, and merry Christmas!
Written by Whitney
The 12:12 Project is sponsored by Katy First United Methodist Church.