Here’s to All the Heavy Hearts This Holiday Season

Here’s to all the heavy hearts this holiday season.

The hearts that are breaking and bleeding.

The hearts that are grieving the loss of the living or the deceased.

The hearts that not only have an empty seat at the table, but an empty space within them, one that can never be filled.

Here’s to the hearts that are struggling to get into the holiday spirit because a big piece is missing.

The hearts that trim the trees and hang the stockings anyway because they know that’s what their loved ones would want.

The hearts that are doing their best to find the perfect gifts for everyone this year despite knowing that’s not what really matters.

The hearts that know the only gifts they really want to give or receive can’t be bought online or in a store.

Here’s to the hearts that only want more time this holiday season.

The hearts that are preparing for the “last” this holiday season, even though they have been doing so for the last several years.

The hearts that want to speed up time just to get through it, but also to slow it down to fully enjoy it and take it all in.

The hearts that don’t know what the next holiday season will bring.

Here’s to all the heavy hearts.

I see you.

I feel your pain.

I am with you in your brokenness.

May we all make the most of this holiday season and perhaps be a little lighter come the next.

Here’s to all the heavy hearts that know what this photo means.

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