It took me a while to realise that not everyone’s soul wants to celebrate.
One of my most vivid encounters with a celebration stealer was at the birth of my daughter.
I remember holding her, cherishing her, knowing that she had just come from God.
A precious gift in a season of grief. A sweet exchange for a mother lost and buried.
Less than 24 hours after her birth, a celebration stealer arrived in my hospital room.
Her soul leaking its fatigue and discontent all over my new born child.
Words present that should never be present around those who have come straight from heaven’s arms.
When she left I held my little close and blessed her.
Whispering all my mother’s love into her little soul.
As I cried and held my little girl I realised that there are celebration stealers that need our love but not access to our moments of celebration.
They are everywhere!
I have seen them at weddings and funerals, parties and celebration dinners.
I’ve had more guest zilla’s than bride zillas.
Celebration stealers are everywhere.
My heart aches for them.
Their load is so heavy.
Our souls weren’t meant to carry all that anger and contempt, the self pity and the regrets.
Our souls are meant to be good red wines in old age not sharp, acidic vinegars.
I feel so powerless beside their soul.
It seeks to rob, and steal others of their celebration.
I don’t think they mean to be grumblers and whiners its just the load in their soul marks, shapes and distorts them.
I must be honest when I’m close to them I want to flee or bite back with contempt.
They are hard to love.
To not show contempt to.
I don’t know how to love them other than to pray for them.
I can’t fix their soul.
So I pray to the sacred asking for help.
He is the only one I know who transforms souls.
The one who can take a broken soul and make a whole soul.
His words, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,” are true.
There is no medication for celebration stealers.
Positive thinking and counselling will help so far.
But at the end of the day, celebration stealers need a new soul, a whole soul, a rest from the burden.
So I’ve learned….
That celebration stealers will always be present and that I am to pray for love’s warm embrace.