The Longest Night

Acknowleging When the Holidays are Hard

Christmas and the holidays can be a time great joy.  But sometimes they can also be bittersweet.  Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or other condition that creates a question over the future, and many other human situations can make parties and joviality painful.  So can feeling pressured and overwhelmed by holiday preparations and expectations.

Some churches are creating sacred space for those who are living through dark times.  These worship services are reflective and accept us where we really are, holding out healing and hope.  These services are usually held on or near Dec. 21, the day with the least amount of light and the longest night of the year.  They acknowledge the dark times of life, while holding out the hope of the light– the coming of the Christ-Light, and turning toward the more light-filled half of the year.

To read more about Longest-Night services, click here.

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