For many people, the approaching Christmas holiday does not bring with it the joy and happiness that is advertised on television or in greeting cards. They may be facing a holiday after the death of a loved one or after a divorce. Perhaps they have been unable to have a child, or have suffered through an emotional trauma. Or perhaps they feel pressured and overwhelmed by holiday preparations.
Come join the members of St. Paul United Church of Christ near Old Monroe in a Blue Christmas service on Dec. 21, 2012 at 7 p.m. Let all who wish to come light a candle to remember a loved one, to remember a loss, to remember a relationship. Come light a candle.
“Some of us walk into Advent
tethered to our unresolved yesterdays
the pain still stabbing; the hurt still throbbing.
It’s not that we don’t know better;
it’s just that we can’t stand up anymore by ourselves.
On the way to Bethlehem, will you give us a hand?”
— Ann Weems