Are you ever blue at this time of year? Even though the songs on the radio keep telling us that “It’s the hap-happiest season of all,” we know that’s not true for everyone. For many of us it’s a bittersweet time. Experiences in our personal lives can tarnish the shiny gold and silver of the holidays. World events also can bring us to tears: the bombings in Syria of women and children standing in line to buy bread and the loss of six soldiers in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
The incarnation of God’s love in the baby Jesus is God’s gift to all who struggle. Remember Zechariah’s prophecy? “The dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79) God knows we are not always merry and bright. Often, during hard times, we feel the closeness of God’s presence more than ever. This is the Good News.
Trinity’s Blue Christmas worship service on Sunday afternoon at 3 is one way we acknowledge the sadness and pain in our own souls and those of others. We gather together to listen to scripture, to pray, to light candles, and sing quiet words of hope. If you are blue, come and worship with us. If you know someone who is blue, bring them to worship with us. If you want to offer your loving presence to someone who is blue, come and worship with us.
God has lifted up the lowly and filled the hungry with good things. (Luke 1:52-53)
Blue Christmas Service, Sunday, December 22
Christmas can be a difficult time for people who are alone, have lost a loved one, or are separated from those they love. Broken relationships, ill health, or isolation also can contribute to feeling blue during the season when it seems like everyone else is happy and celebrating. It’s important at such times to take the time to recognize our feelings and to remember that we are not alone. On December 22, we will offer a brief worship service of prayer and scripture at 3 p.m. for anyone who is experiencing a blue Christmas.
If you or someone you know is having a tough time during the holidays, come and worship. Come and know that God’s presence is for those who mourn and struggle. Come and see God’s Word shine in our darkness.