The holidays seem to be a time of heightened feelings and emotions. We expect that they will be a time of happiness, joy and good wishes, and I think we would love for that to be true. However, very often that is not what we are feeling.
Sometimes that heightened feeling at this time is one of grief, despair and maybe even hopelessness. And as if that is not enough, we often add guilt to what we are feeling because we think people expect us to feel differently than we do.
The truth is that we feel the way we feel and we must never deny what is going on with us in our lives. We can, however, come to a safe place where we can turn our burdens over to God and know they are received. It is the hope and desire of your church family that you never feel alone in our grief.
Our Longest Night service on Sunday, December 23 at 7 PM in our sanctuary is an opportunity for each of us to come, with whatever we may be feeling, and to allow the spirit of God to meet us, and help guide us through the healing process. Some may be missing a loved one, adjusting to the loss of a job or other opportunity that was important to us, or any number of other things that have burdened us. Together, in community, we can have the assurance that we are supported and that we can move through what we are feeling to a new place.
Bathed in candle light and decorated for Christmas our sanctuary is the perfect place for us to gather. We will sing, pray, and allow the Spirit of a God in whom all things are possible to touch our lives.
No matter what is going on in your life, joy, sorrow or both, this Christmas season you are invited to join us for this meaningful service of inspiration and hope.