The month of December isn’t always “merry and bright” for everyone. For those that feel blue this season; here is some encouragement…

A Blue Christmas?

By Pat Heckman

I know you all have heard of a “white Christmas”, but have you ever heard about a “blue Christmas”? There may be some of you this year experiencing a blue Christmas for the first time ever or maybe it is your second or third Christmas in a row feeling blue. What ever the case I want you to know that it does happen and you don’t have to suffer through it alone. It’s important to know what your feeling is real and you’re not alone.

Why does it happen if this is suppose to be the most wonderful time of the year. Are you or someone you know having a difficulty in a relationship? Have you experienced a death, a divorce, a separation or a loss? Whether it is this or loss of health or job, this time of year can be challenging for some. Millions suffer from acute loneliness and/or depression during the holidays. Instead of joy there is sadness. Instead of celebrating you may just want to hide. There may be a pressure to be jolly. The last thing you want to do is watch “magical “ Christmas movies, listen to joyous music, decorate your house and bake cookies. While the rest of the world is filled with the Christmas spirit, you’re not.

Your loss produces grief. The grief can be difficult to manage when it occurs at this time of year. It can cause you to dwell on what you don’t have or what you have lost instead of what you do have. However, there are ways to cope. Did you know that every Stephen Minister is trained on how to give Christ centered care for those hurting.  Every Stephen minister is trained to be a confidential care giver. To walk along side someone who is hurting and help shoulder their burden. Knowing that you don’t have to go it alone can be very helpful. Be intentional in addressing the sadness. Contact Rev. Amanda or myself so we can pair you up with a Stephen minister, or to allow one of our Stephen ministers to just be there for you to listen, pray and share in your pain.

Although it may not feel like the most wonderful time of the year, the event we are celebrating- “The Word became flesh and made his home among us” (John 1:14)- reminds us that Jesus is near, even when we are feeling down. His love and grace are available to all.

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