A Pause…

A Pause…

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called…Prince of Peace. ”

Isaiah 9:6 NIV


On November 26th, my aunt passed away…3 days after Thanksgiving. My family and I had traveled up North for Thanksgiving week, with the mindset of cutting our trip short, should we hear that my aunt’s health condition would worsen. Well, that phone call came 3 days before Thanksgiving. I was in NY, visiting my husband’s family. And after that call, I knew the end was near for her life. We arrived back home Sunday morning, and just a few hours later, my aunt had passed away.

This is the first death to really hit home for our family. I think the timing makes it bittersweet, as well. I’ve been told how difficult the holidays can be for many, whom have lost loved ones. To experience loss during a season of joy and happiness being proclaimed all around is difficult. However, there is something so absolutely powerful about the Prince of Peace. You see, His peace covers my family AND yours during difficult times. Why? In Jesus, there is no “Goodbye”. It was because of His ultimate sacrifice and resurrection that we can cast our cares on Him, and gain strength from the understanding that although death is the end result here on earth, it is just a pause in Christ’s time. And it is His birth that makes this all possible. For the first time, my aunt will be celebrating Christmas with the One who started it all!!! I can’t even comprehend what that must be like. However, she is in the perfect place during this season of celebration!

It’s only been 2 years since my family has moved to FL. But, I’m so thankful we moved when we did. As a result, I was able to accumulate some more cherished memories of my aunt before she passed. Death has a way of reminding us about the gift of life and love. I will forever treasure those moments I spent with my aunt. And moving forward, I will be more intentional of filling my life with new memories of loved ones, near and far.

Here I am, grieving the loss of life, while also continuing to celebrate the birth of Christ. I cannot EVER take for granted this time, because Jesus’ birth was just the beginning of it all: new life and eternal destiny. We will see my beloved aunt again. And when we do, there will be no evidence of illness; only joy and a new, glorified body.

Make your life count. Fill it with love and joy. Don’t get distracted by all the negative that can surround us, as we are not God to know the exact number of our days here on earth. Therefore, let us embrace each day and moment we are granted with our loved ones. And as Christmas draws nearer, let His birth be a symbol to our lives that there IS hope to be attained. He is our hope, our peace, our joy.

To those who are mourning during this Christmas season, I mourn with you. My prayer is that your lives will be filled with His amazing peace. And may your life song continue with the knowledge that in Christ, this is not the end. It is only a pause…

Amy Velazquez
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