This Christmas, remember those who have experienced loss this year

December 21, 2007 | 2 comments

A while back I heard a great idea that I wanted to pass along: before you head out to wherever you’re going for Christmas day, or as you’re preparing to host the celebration at your house, take a moment to think of anyone you know who has experienced loss such as the death of a loved one or divorce at any time this year. Write down their phone number to have handy so that you can give them a call to let them know they’re in your thoughts and prayers this Christmas.

I got this idea from a guest on Relevant Radio. He had lost a child, and found that some of the hardest times to get through were that first Thanksgiving and first Christmas without his son; yet since his son had died in Spring, the huge initial outpouring of support had passed and he had his wife felt alone as they struggled to get through the holidays.

So keep those who have experienced loss this year in your prayers as they prepare to celebrate this first Christmas without their loved one, and give them a call on Tuesday to let them know you care.


  1. Courageous Grace

    Thanks, Jen, for this post. I have been the recipient this last week of many thoughtful and encouraging communications from friends. My Nana (great-grandmother) passed away last week in her sleep during the night. While she was very old and lived a fulfilling life, it is still hard on our family to know we’ll not see her on this earth again. However, as she is now with our Lord and Savior, I’m sure we’ll see her again God willing.

  2. Bekah

    Jen, this is a very timely post. On one of my e-groups, a prayer request came through yesterday that a friend’s company experienced an explosion, and the husband was missing. Unfortunately, it was later found that he and several others died. I don’t know if the family is Christian, but the original post-er is. Pray for Scott and the others who were lost, as well as all their families!

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