Merriment made bittersweet

It’s Christmas Eve and we’re doing the holiday stuff. I have a couple little gifts left to wrap, but other than that we’re doing pretty well. Howie’s off in Columbus with his brother, visiting his grandma and stopping by his sister’s. My mother-in-law’s downstairs getting some of the meal started, and my folks are due here around 5:00pm.

I believe we’re going to take a drive and look at lights together. There’s even snow this year! Last night it was beautiful, coming down in big flakes. It was a wet snow, not quite enough to cover the grass, but the moisture made it stick to the tree branches and today things are lovely even if there are blades of grass poking through the snow on the ground.


My happiness today is tinged by the knowledge that Kim and Terry’s family is struggling with the death of baby Jack. And I received a prayer request today for a couple who just learned yesterday that the baby they’re expecting, due the first week of January, is dead in her womb.

It’s bad enough to lose someone you love, but worse when it happens at a holiday season with such emphasis on family and merriment. I can imagine the emptiness these families are feeling, but if I imagine too much I will fall off this precipice.

So, today I take guilty pleasure in realizing my family is well and so am I. We have our assorted problems, but we’re still around and in pretty good shape. Knowing all mankind is but one breath away from eternity makes cherishing family and friends all the more important. None of us know what our futures hold, not really.

Known Only to Him

Known only to Him are the great hidden secrets
I’ll fear not the darkness when my flame shall dim
I know not what the future holds
But I know who holds the future
It’s a secret known only to Him

In this world of fear and doubt
On my knees I ask the question
Why a lonely, heavy cross I must bear
Then he tells me in my prayer
It’s because I am trustworthy
He gives me strength far more than my share

Known only to him are the great hidden secrets
I’ll fear not the darkness when my flame shall dim
I know not what the future holds
But I know who holds the future
It’s a secret known only to Him

Written by Stuart Hamblen,
recorded by Elvis Presley

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2 thoughts on “Merriment made bittersweet

  1. That was well said. Enjoy your family while you can – that’s what we’re doing also.

    We got some of that snow too and you’re right – the tree branches look so beautiful.

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