At Saint David’s on Friday, December 15, our regular noontime healing Eucharist will have a Blue Christmas theme. On Sunday, December 17 at 4:00 at Agawam Baptist Church, we are co-sponsoring an ecumenical Blue Christmas Service. All are welcome at both services. The ecumenical service will be followed by time for fellowship over light refreshments.
Even for those like me for whom Christmas does not present any particular challenges, the Blue Christmas services can be a great comfort. I sometimes find that Christmas festivities can become oppressive. It is as if we are all supposed to be merry all the time. I am a pretty upbeat person, but constant merriment wears me out!
Blue Christmas services are an opportunity for us to come together without being merry. We acknowledge our pain and our struggles. We offer our pain and our struggles up to God. And we receive a bit of healing grace that makes our struggles a little easier to bear.
In some ways, the Blue Christmas services are our purest expression of the true Christmas spirit. After all, Christ came to save a broken world. Christ makes God’s grace and love known precisely in the midst of our suffering. The good news of great joy that we celebrate at Christmas is that Christ loves us enough to enter into our brokenness and make us whole.
At the Blue Christmas services, we give thanks to God for that good news. And in the process, we receive something deeper than superficial merriment and fun. We get a taste of true joy and abundant life. Thanks be to God!