Christmas is fast approaching and there’s an empty chair on our table this season.
Being away from my husband again brings back memories of the void he left. That empty space on the bed, the vacant chair at the dining table, the fewer clothes in the cabinet, the single toothbrush left at the canister, the pillows that will not be slept over for a while. Those and much more are the things he left behind.
Despite the void, I know that the emptiness is but temporary. For our hope is in God who alone can fill that empty space in our hearts. We, who anchor our faith in the Everlasting Father, rest in the assurance that He will provide us grace and strength to endure the trials of momentary separation. We thank the Lord for keeping us stronger than ever as husband and wife.
That’s why this Christmas, when there’s an empty chair that reminds me of my far-away husband, I’ll let Jesus sit on the chair and think that He holds us both together in His loving hands.
No, it’s not me who’s leaving the country. It’s my husband who is due to work in Abu Dhabi.
Hopefully, things will turn out good for both of us despite the distance. We’ll be spending our last two days with family before he departs for UAE. Much as we would like to visit close friends, we are already pressed for time as his flight is on Saturday. Will you cover him in your prayers so that the travelling mercies of the Lord will be upon him?
Paalam muna sa iyo hon. May skype at calls naman. After a year, we’ll see each other again. Pakuha ka ng selfie dyan sa Aldar HQ building ha. May God be with you and may you find favor in your work there. ♥
Last July 2014 marked the homecoming of my husband from Dubai. It has been more than a year now that we are physically together here in the Philippines. We’ve gone back to doing simple pleasures together like dining out and doing the weekly grocery. He has fixed things in the house being the handyman that he is. His presence added the joy and laughter brought about by his funny, amusing ways.
But all these and more will come to a halt momentarily. Unforeseen circumstances in his current job brought about a change in plans that he has come home for good. Reality bites! Though he intended to find new employment locally, the opportunities can be found where else but in the overseas.
So the decision has been made. For our family’s future’s sake, the sacrifice has to be faced courageously but prayerfully to be apart all over again. Perhaps, this time around, things will be a bit easier for us. If there’s any consolation, his unlimited contract allows him to come home every year. That’s something to look forward to.
May the goodness and mercy of the Lord be upon us as we embark on another challenge in our family life…God bless everyone!
In a quick blink of my eye, change shall come upon me. In a month’s time, my husband, whom I often talk about here in my blog, will be coming home already. Can you imagine that? Two years of being apart, we shall see the day that we will be together again.
His re-entry in our household will be a breath of fresh air. It will be a blessing to have another male around in the house. I can almost feel his presence hovering around our place.
Sweet reunion. We thank the Lord for keeping him safe and strong these past two years. We thank God for the experience my husband gained from working overseas. Much more, we thank the Lord for our families and friends who kept us sane during the times we were apart.
In a twinkling of an eye, I shall see you face to face my sweetie. And then, I shall give you a tight bear hug! 🙂
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