We get many messages this time of year about the joy of the season. It is to be a happy time, filled with family and friends, fun and generosity. If you don’t feel these things, well then you must be a grinch!
The reality is more complex, of course. In the second year of global pandemic and all the uncertainty it brings, the holidays may not feel so joyous. There are many things happening in the world that cause grief, worry, sadness and pain. This is a time when many of us feel existential worry, questioning the meaning and purpose of just about everything.
Many of us have also had personal losses and challenges that make this time of year hard. Some have experienced financial hardship that makes the holiday generosity challenging. Others of us are facing the holidays without loved ones.
This holiday season, I invite you to acknowledge all the feelings you may have. Look for moments of beauty and joy, for those do exist. And, notice whatever else may be present.
Last year Rev. Carol McKinley, Rev. Eric Ness and I offered a Blue Christmas vespers service to acknowledge the complexity of this time. It is a service of music, reflection, candle light and silence. We’ve attached the link to that service for you to access again this year.
May you find joy and peace this holiday season.
Blessings on your week.