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By Rev. Donald A. Ford
Special to The PREVIEW
For most people, Christmas and the holiday season is a time of celebrations, gatherings, gift buying, shopping and other activities that people look forward to and experience each year.
For some, however, Christmas and the season before and after, may not be a time of festivities.
For some, Christmas is a reminder that they are alone and not able to enjoy the atmosphere that surrounds the season. For others, sometimes difficult decisions must be made between presents for their children and paying the rent. Still others may feel that they are left out and not invited to the parties and gatherings. Many people suffer during this season.
For the last several years, the Community United Methodist Church has offered a service on the shortest day of the year, the day when the darkness is the longest. This day, Friday, Dec 21, is the symbol for those who are “hurting” while others are enjoying.
The Blue Christmas Service is about validating a person’s feelings. It is about a process of overcoming the hurt by knowing that one is not alone, that there are others struggling with Christmas. The service offers hope for those that suffer. Just as Christ’s death offered hope for an eternity, Blue Christmas offers hope for those wounded in this life.
The service begins at 6 p.m. and ends when the last person is able to leave the peacefulness of the church and venture back into the world of gaiety.