Blue Christmas
December 10, 2020, 4:25 PM

It is the season of Advent. We are surrounded by the colors of purple and pink in the church and around the Advent wreath. We are surrounded by green, red, gold, and silver among many other colors in decorations and lights inside and outside of our homes. What about the color blue? What about those of us that are struggling with the blues?
Not everyone is excited and full of Christmas cheer. Dealing with life after a divorce or separation, facing the loss of a loved one for the first Christmas. Those dealing with sickness and health concerns. Hearing the word “cancer” and looking at the medical plans for treatment. This year we add the loss of loved ones due to COVID-19, isolation from the pandemic, loss of employment, money concerns, social unrest, a presidential election, and other items. Battling addiction or walking alongside a loved one who is in the midst of this.
The Church has a history of Blue Christmas services or the Longest Night Services. This is usually done on December 21 which is the Winter Solstice. It is also the traditional feast day of Saint Thomas the Apostle. Thomas struggled to believe the resurrection just as we struggle with loss, the blues, the pandemic, and the limited services at FCUMC. I write this with a loving heart to let someone who needs to hear this know - they are not alone. Please know you are not alone, as the world cries “Joy to the World,” we hear your cries and sing with you “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”. I offer this prayer of com- fort and strength during this isolated Blue Christmas season. And remind you that you are not alone, and blue can be substituted for purple in the Advent wreath.

God of Grace and God of Mercy, hear our cries this Advent season.
We mourn. We grieve. We struggle. We face addiction. We face illness. We face loneliness.
Comfort us and all those who struggle among us.
Guide our mourning and our healing.
Offer us glimpses of your mighty love.
During this season of blues, may we seek the light of your son, Jesus Christ, as peace.
During the longest night, send your Holy Spirit to proclaim your love.
During this time of uncertainty, help us to seek you in the chaos.
God of Grace and God of Mercy, hear our cries for your healing touch.
Redeem us. Sustain us. Calm us. Guide us. Strengthen us. Comfort us. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, God is with us. Amen.