I was raised with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as a Christmas tradition. This year, I watched with tears as Hermey and Rudolph discovered themselves to be misfits. Hermey was expected to be an elf, but he wanted to be a dentist. Rudolph was expected to be just another reindeer, but he was extraordinary in that his nose glowed. That glow would one day save Christmas. In grief, we find that we no longer fit in our lives in the ways we once did. We still expect to be part of that couple, one of a whole family, having a living sibling, and we no longer fit those expectations. How do we find our fit again? We read in Psalm 100, “Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” And that is where we fit. We belong to the Lord, and therefore, we fit. Misfits no longer. We are children of the King.

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