Mentionable and Manageable

It’s okay to be honest about how you feel during the holidays. Just ask Mr. Rogers…and Jesus.

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This post is being brought to you by a movie, a tweet, and a devotional. Interesting combo, right?

On Christmas Eve, I went to see “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” with my wife, youngest daughter, Mom, and Dad. ‘Beautiful’ is definitely the appropriate word to attach to this movie. Not surprisingly, Tom Hanks nailed the character of Mr. Rogers, and the movie did an amazing job of illustrating just how much of a handprint Fred Rogers left on the lives of those who met and watched him.

I came across a tweet later that day from one of my favorite “Twitterers” who highlighted a particularly poignant phrase from the movie.

Fast forward to a couple of days ago, where I read a devotional concerning the mixed emotions that Mary (Jesus’ earthly momma) must have felt when Simeon the prophet shared his thoughts on her newborn son. He sang Jesus’ praises, but then added that a sword would eventually pierce Mary’s heart, foreshadowing the agonizing heartbreak she would feel during His crucifixion.

How does this all come together?

I believe that there are many people reading this who may find themselves in Mary’s shoes. Coming out of the holiday season and into a new year can be a mixture of overwhelming joy and excruciating pain.

And sometimes, in an effort to keep the positivity going, we don’t mention or manage our true feelings.

This isn’t healthy…or necessary. Keeping up our “new year cheer” doesn’t require us to mask our pain or sadness. Because doing so would undermine a key component of Jesus’ earthly ministry.

His empathy.

Every aspect of Jesus’ life was sprinkled with suffering. He didn’t shy away from it, and He lovingly offers us His nail-scarred hand to hold in the midst of our own sorrow. We don’t have to be fake about how we feel.

Our feelings are mentionable, and manageable, in Jesus’ hands.

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About the Author

Wayne is a husband, father, avid reader and writer, and youth minister who happens to believe that Jesus is the focal point of every aspect of life…the individual, family, society, government, philosophy, the arts…and everything in between. He’s committed to challenging preconceived notions about what it means to follow Jesus, and seeks to engage the culture instead of running from it.