Monday, 30 November 2015

Blue Christmas Service

The constant refrain on radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the Christmas 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 or the future, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation, the gut wrenching loss of a child, the loneliness of no longer having a beloved spouse to share each day, the loss of a dear family pet - all these can contribute to a feeling of being alone, of feeling "blue", in the midst of the society around us which seems bent on "being happy" and "celebrating".  These are years when we hurt at Christmas time and can't get into the festivities others seem to be able to do.