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When Christmas hurts, help is available

Services to address ‘blues’

RELIGIOUS REFLECTIONS

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Rev. Pat Beeman

The constant refrain about the happiness of the Christmas season and about getting together with family and friends reminds many others of what they have lost or never had.

For this and other reasons, Holy Trinity Episcopal, Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran, Sunnyside

Presbyterian and Sunnyside United Methodist churches are hosting a special “Blue Christmas” service at 6 p.m. Dec. 21..

The services will be in Holy Trinity’s chapel, 327 E. Edison Ave.

There will be a time to share and hear prayers, Scripture and music that acknowledges God is present for those who mourn and those who struggle.

We will light candles and remember that God’s Word comes to shine light into the darkness.

The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation, the gut-

wrenching loss of a child, a spouse, a parent, a sibling, a dear family pet – all these can contribute to a feeling of being alone.

The feeling of being blue during the society around us which seems bent on being happy and celebrating.

There are times when we hurt at Christmas and we can’t get into the festivities as others seem to be able to do.

It’s at such times that we need to make space and make time to acknowledge our sadness and concern.

We need to know we are not alone.

The candlelight service will be followed by a time for light refreshments and fellowship.

We hope this can be a time to move from feeling ‘blue’ to experiencing the wonder and hope of Christmas.

Feel free to invite others to come with you, as your support, or if you know that they too, are finding that Christmas hurts.

— Pat Beeman is the pastor of Sunnyside United Methodist Church, 906 E. Edison Avenue.

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