Christmas can be the most magical time of the year but for some, it is the most depressing season of all.
If you have lost loved ones over the past year or even before that, celebrating the holiday season can be difficult. Should you make merry with those still with you or should you mourn over those who are now lost to you?
Perhaps this photo taken on Christmas day can give you renewed hope that those who seem to have left this reality are actually still with you. I lost both my adoptive mom and dad to cancer quite a while back. I also lost one of my natural brothers to cancer before I had an opportunity to meet him.
Although I miss them all dearly, I also know in my heart that they are still watching over us. This message came through loud and clear in my photo because they showed up in a photo of my younger daughter, who has had a most difficult year, and my amazing 2-year-old grandson.
If anyone needs to be reminded that she is not alone, it is my daughter. She now knows that she can go into the New Year knowing that family members who may seem absent now, are actually watching out for her as she faces each day.
If you find such special occasions difficult to enjoy, try remembering all of the great times you shared with someone. Instead of mourning their death, celebrate who they were and how much they meant to you. Above all, know that they are still with you, even if you cannot see, hear or sense their presence. If you do, however, be sure to let them know how pleased you are that they chose to visit.
As for me, I am overjoyed that these relatives chose to be with us on that special day. In a silent prayer, I had asked them to drop in for a visit and they did giving us the best present of all!