Warning. This is not a happy post, full of starlight and joy.
You probably know someone who is experiencing a Blue Christmas. Many are sad, even depressed during the Christmas season. Some people are dealing with estrangement from those they love. You may know someone separated from their loved ones by distance or death. You may know someone faced with life threatening illness, facing hospitalization, or surgery. Perhaps you even know someone tending a loved one in the process of dying, or the person actually struggling against death. There are people with financial problems who can’t get their kids toys, facing the loss of a home, or the roof over their heads. There are people dealing with addiction. There is suffering of all kinds.
Last year, after the death of both of my parents, I didn’t feel much like a big celebration for Christmas. We did attend a Blue Christmas service at our church. It was a quiet and pensive service, with candle light and soft music. Each person stepped forward to light a candles and say prayers to offer their concerns up to God.
At a time when it seems everyone is celebrating with decorations and holiday parties, some people feel left out and forgotten. Yes we can pray for them, but we are called to do more. We are called to bring comfort. Here are some of my ideas
- A gift in memory of their loved one to their favorite charity would be welcome.
- A letter expressing how much their love and friendship has meant to you.
- Send a picture to help them remember a happier time.
- Take them a casserole, a selection of teas, or a favorite coffee.
- When you are running your errands, see if you can pick up something for them.
- Offer respite if you can.
These ideas are just to get you thinking. I am sure you can think of even better ideas. Add them to the comments.
May your Christmas be full of joy.