Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a beloved family member who has recently died or remembering one from the past still; it may be a time that has always been difficult, or a time where you just feel alone.
The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had.
The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the stress of bills, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation – all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending.
We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone.
Our spirits sink, as the days grow shorter. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us. We need hope. We need to know we are not alone.
As Nancy Townely, author in Ministry Matters Magazine says, “On this night, or anytime this service is presented, we remember those for whom the holidays are not joyful; they are lonely, in mourning, feeling alienated and cast apart from family celebrations; they are experiencing depression and sadness and yet are often compelled to ‘put on a happy face’ for others, denying their true feelings.”
For these reasons, Bowling Green First Christian Church, 15 North High, offers the 2nd annual “Blue Christmas” service on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.
Come out, and join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle – and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone in the community is welcome. Come casual and comfortable.
For more information on this service please contact Pastor Dawn Marie Turner at 573-324-5215 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.