This evening at St. A’s we observed our annual Blue Christmas service – a service for anyone who has suffered a loss (a loved one, a relationship, a job…), and finds it hard to enter into the manic joy that characterizes so much of this season.
I used to struggle with the idea of a Blue Christmas service. I find the joy so easy to access, the idea of finding that difficult was foreign to me. But something happened along the way. Somehow – and I have no defining moment or event or memory to point to on this – along the way, God seems to have made me open to the idea that my experience isn’t everyone’s experience, that what I might find easy may be very difficult for someone else.
And so the Blue Christmas service for me has become a reminder of that. To have respect and empathy for the feelings and experiences of other people. While I might not be heavily burdened with sorrows at this time of year, my heart goes out to those who are.
These are the words I would want them to hear:
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18 NIV
If you are broken-hearted, know that God is closer than you think. Know that he cares. Know that he crossed the universe and was born as a helpless baby so he could save you, so he would know what it is like to be human, to carry sorrow, to be broken-hearted.
Know this and be comforted by it.
3 thoughts on “Blue…”
You ministered to many God Bless them all.May they know He is with them
know he is with them
Thank you. It doesn’t make things any ‘better’ for me, but it’s appreciated. Last Christmas was the first time in a long time that I actually looked forward to going to a Christmas Eve service. This year, as much as I find myself enjoying the season, I’m still dreading the day itself. perhaps next year…
Thanks fr your honesty, Mike. I am praying that the day will be a good one for you.