Emotions of Christmas

Melancholy

Even though Christmas time is full of happiness and joy, there are also moments of melancholy. Just to be sure, I looked up that word and it actually means what I thought it did: “pensive reflection or contemplation.”

Every year that goes by we tend to lose people we love, and that includes pets, too. We lose people, animals, our hair, our smooth skin, and bunches of other things; yet there still remains a joy that’s unexplainable. At least that’s the way I feel.

Have you ever heard Mannheim Steamroller’s version of Silent Night? Every time I hear it I feel both melancholy and reverent at the same time. It also makes me really miss my dad.

Melancholy is also how I feel when I watch the following video I made 5 years ago. A few things have changed since then, the biggest of which is the loss of our little dog, Nugget. Christmas at the Baker home is not the same without him, and that is sad.

Worshipful

But even though I have my moments of melancholy pensiveness, I look forward to the holy, reverent, worshipful experience of a midnight Christmas Eve service. Honestly, if all we ever did was go to tonight’s service at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, that would be enough for me. Singing Silent Night in a cathedral-like auditorium at midnight while holding candles is chillingly awesome!

You see, no matter what we may have lost here on earth, because of Jesus we have everything in eternity to gain! When the world lay cold and dark, the Lord became flesh and light came into the world “with the dawn of redeeming grace.”

There are many reasons why some people find Christmas to be a time that brings sadness and pain upon the remembrance of loss. However, when we take the time to contemplate the wonder and glory of God’s grace, that He would put on flesh and be born in a manger, the great I AM, so that the lost might be found…

Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift (2 Corinthians 9:15)! That’s Christmas! Because of that Baby born in a manger, melancholy may endure for a season, but JOY comes in the morning!

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6 responses to “Emotions of Christmas

  1. “You see, no matter what we may have lost here on earth, because of Jesus we have everything in eternity to gain!” And the hope of His strength and wisdom and guidance moment by moment while my moments on Earth continue this side of eternity!! God bless you!!

  2. As I was reading this, Silent Night began playing on my iTunes list. No accident there.
    For me, Anthony, there are many moments of melancholy; I understand completely what you write here, and it brought me to tears. Tears of grief for the losses and tears of joy knowing Jesus is with me, holding me tightly and will continue to do so until I see him and my Father face to face.
    Much love to you and your family this Christmas Eve.

  3. Merry Christmas Anthony,
    I’m by myself this Christmas day but I will be seeing my kids and grand-kids this week. I’ve struggled through things in my life also. One thing that I have learned is that Christ Jesus is the provider. My goal is to always keep my eyes on him. My circumstances may not change, but I do change when I look to him.
    The difficulty in your situation is that you have people that you are responsible for. God knows this. One thing that is positive is that your kids are grown up. They can work. Your wife is able to stand by your side. Go with God where he takes you. He is faithful.

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