This is the most wonderful time of the year……for most people…..filled with excitement and cheer. However last week, two very dear friends of mine lost a child very suddenly and unexpectedly. Both of these children of my friends were grown and had children of their own, but that doesn’t make it any easier. As we visited with each of the families with other friends and family gathered around, my mind strained to think of just the right words to say to someone that is hurting and in shock. Clearly, there really are no “right” words. Even so, I was reminded of the temporary framework that we live in each and every day, of how quickly time is fleeting past, and of how, because of Christmas, we have hope of seeing our loved ones again and being with them in eternity.
And just as these two friends, these parents will never forget the children that have now gone on before them, we have a loving Heavenly Father that did not forget us….and He never will. That’s why we celebrate Christmas. The Bible says in Philippians 2 that Jesus laid aside all of the comforts and glories that He enjoyed in Heaven and he humbled Himself and became a man. The very One that flung the stars into space, knows them all by name, He took on human flesh and bones and became the most needful of all creatures, a tiny baby. The One that created the earth and swaddled the earth in deep darkness (Job 38:9-10) was swaddled in cloths and laid in a stone manger (a feeding trough as He is the Bread of Life). He didn’t have to do any of this but it was all because of his love and that He wanted, more than anything, for us to know and understand that He loves us and is not condemning us…all because of Jesus coming to earth. (John 3:16-17)
My friends know that both of their children are now completely well, happy and carefree. They are dancing among the stars of the universe with the One that came to earth so many centuries ago…the One that came to die.
I hope that you know that if you are experiencing difficulties this Christmas, whether you are burdened financially or you are lonely, you are loved by your Creator. And all of us at Bond and Botes, every legal assistant, every attorney, we care about you. We would consider it an honor and privilege to help you in any way we can and we want to wish you the very best holiday season and the most joyous Christmas ever. His everlasting blessings be upon us all.
Suzanne Shinn is a shareholder of several of the Bond & Botes Law Offices throughout Alabama and Mississippi. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and a Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law. She joined the Bond & Botes team in 1992 as its first associate attorney and has been helping clients navigate the bankruptcy process ever since. Read her full bio here.