It seems odd to some to think of “thanking Jesus” on Christmas. A day spent celebrating the miraculous birth of a virgin born savior. He was just born, a baby in a manger, what could we have to thank him for on the day of his birth?
Well, this Christmas was a very difficult one for my family this year. We lost my dear Aunt Sandi. Her and Uncle Jim were always more like grandparents to me and my cousins growing up. There aren’t many memories I have that don’t have Aunt Sandi in the center of them. She taught us how to be kids, explore our world, question our findings, etc. She also didn’t allow any misbehaving; she would throw us her infamous eyebrow and we knew immediate to shape up! My Uncle Jim passed away in April of 2021. They were married for 58 years at the time of his passing. My Aunt was so strong in his absence. Her brother passed away 1 year ago this month. Her only Christmas wish was to be back with Uncle Jim, and her brother and parents.
What I would give to have been there to see her reunited with my uncle, both completely healed and living in the presence of Jesus!
You’re probably wondering why this has anything to do with the beginning of my blog being “Thank you Jesus.” Well, it’s simple, HE is the reason for our hope in this season of grief. HE is the reason for heaven and the promise of being reunited again.
Romans chapter 8 tells us about Life through the Holy Spirit. “But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.” (Romans 8:10 NIV)
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18 NIV)
This song came on shortly after I got the news Christmas morning, “Heaven Changes Everything,” by Big Daddy Weave.
I’ve listened to the words over and over and they ring so incredibly true. Heaven really changes everything!
So even in the deeps of my grief and sadness I can cry out in praise, “THANK YOU JESUS, HEAVEN CHANGES EVERYTHING!”
Lyrics shortened and posted below.
“These tears would just be tears fallin' down my face and this hurt would just be hurt with no healing on the way Thank You, Jesus Heaven changes everything A goodbye would be goodbye with no "I'll see you again" And when a life is over, that would simply be the end Thank You, Jesus Heaven changes everything Chorus In the light of eternity, I have this hope You hold my heart and I'm never alone One day, You're comin' back One day, I'm comin' home Thank You, Jesus Heaven changes everything My questions would stay questions, no answers to be found And all the times I've fallen, I'd still be there on the ground Thank You, Jesus, oh I can live for the day when my eyes will finally see Every piece that was broken, restored and redeemed Thank You, Jesus Heaven changes everything (Chorus) The way that I love, the way that I live The way I let go and choose to forgive The peace in this pain, the hope in this grief The beauty beyond this, I have to believe I can't see what You see, but I know that I know This world's where I am, but this world's not my homeIn the light of eternity, I have this hope You hold my heart and I'm never alone One day, You're comin' back One day, I'm comin' home Thank You, Jesus Heaven changes everything Everything Heaven changes everything Everything Heaven changes everything”