A Different Kind of Christmas

For most folks, the Christmas season is a time filled with love, joy, and excitement. It’s a time when our hearts are filled with anticipation of the happy times to come and fond memories of holidays gone by. But, there are also times when Christmas brings to the surface an ache in our hearts. If you’ve ever experienced a difficult year, you know the feeling I’m talking about.
 
I will never forget the first Christmas after my parents’ divorce. The joyful, warm and fuzzy feelings that I remembered from Christmas’ in the past had suddenly turned into a stark contrast of sadness, loneliness, and heartache. The joy of the season seemed to be living in everyone but me, and I desperately wanted to skip right over that holiday season. With the exception of Faith Hill’s “Where Are You Christmas,” I would turn off the radio anytime I heard Christmas music. It was just too painful to watch (or listen) to other people radiate the joy of the season.
 

Maybe someone reading this can relate to the feeling I’m describing. Maybe you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one, and their absence is changing this season for you. It could be that you are dealing with the quiet of an empty nest for the first time, hurting from the loss of a relationship, or struggling to make sense of challenging circumstances. Perhaps you or someone you love has received a difficult diagnosis. Whatever the reason may be, this Christmas won’t be like the joyful ones you have experienced in the past. It’s a new kind of Christmas. Or maybe this time of year always reopens tender aches of your heart. If this is where you find yourself this holiday season, I want to invite you to join us at the Blue Christmas service this Sunday, December 18th, at 5:00pm in the Chapel (near the Fellowship Hall). Come find comfort in the presence of your Savior, and the loving arms of our Church family.
15578344_1114816778616935_7043391750671189766_oRemember that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18). He was born into this broken world to be a light in the darkness. Let the star over Bethlehem remind you that you are not alone, and may you feel the presence of his love sustaining you and holding you tight this holiday season.

 
by: Channa Brillante