My dad passed away suddenly earlier this month. This post is excerpted from the funeral meditation I shared.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change…. The Lord of hosts is with us…” (Psalm 46:1,2, 11a).

When someone passes away at Christmastime, it’s probable that the holiday will for a long while or maybe forever have a pall cast over it. But let me suggest that more than any other season besides Easter, this time of year offers profound hope for the grieving.

That’s because it bids us “Don’t be afraid,” just as Mary and the shepherds were called not to fear. Why? Because God is “with us.” When all other companions are gone, even the companion of a lifetime, God is with us in Jesus Christ.

Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should move.

© 2010 Tom Cheatham