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Matthew 1:21

Years ago, I bought a guitar for my daughter for Christmas. She’s in heaven now, but the guitar is still with us. Actually, a while back, I passed it on to my son, her only brother. He had forgotten that I still had it. When I saw him starting to take an interest in playing the guitar, the thought occurred to me that having that guitar might mean more to him than owning a more expensive one. I was right.

When I first bought the guitar for Rebecca, the hundred dollars I spent on it was a stretch for me. Looking back, it was well worth it. After her passing, when I finally mustered the strength, playing that guitar was like no other. Though I personally have owned much nicer ones, the fact that it was hers put a value on it beyond compare. As inexpensive as it was, to me, the sound it produced was heavenly. My ability to release that special guitar to my son and to move forward with my life, in part, is what this article is all about.

Matthew 1:21

“And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.”

With Christmas just a day away, and everyone having thought hard about what to buy for the ones they love, for some, Christmas is one of the toughest times of the year. With broken marriages, illnesses, loved ones that have recently passed on, and a host of other difficult things, the joy of the season is often overshadowed with a sense of deep pain and loss. No doubt, such is the case for some of you.”

Though personally, I’ve had several years to heal and to embrace God’s promises, I still remember the overwhelming void I felt when my daughter passed. As I took that pain to Jesus, and let Him into the deep places that the pain had exposed, my whole world turned around—something really that only He could do. As the prophet Isaiah said, He gave me beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for morning, and a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness… (Isaiah 61:3)

In time, with God’s help, I was able to pick my daughter’s guitar up and play it. In time, with His help, I was able to release that very valuable guitar to my son. In time, with God’s help, I developed a deep level of appreciation for the real meaning of Christmas beyond anything I had ever known. A Savior has been born and given to us all! Based on the fact that all the temporal things we tend to cling to will one day pass away, having such a Savior is really good news.

Nowadays I feel doubly blessed. I have family on earth and family in heaven. Though at times having one foot here and one foot there feels a little awkward, the fact that God has embraced me, and committed to be with me wherever I am, has made my life here on earth the best it’s ever been.

“But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, you son of David, fear not to take unto you Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (Matthew 1:20b-23)

Pastor R. Goyette
Living Waters World Outreach Center
Originally published November 29, 2013 in the Fernandina Beach News-Leader

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