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Peace in the Chaos: Christmas Service of Healing and Hope

December 5, 2018
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By Rev. JoNell Lindh

It’s almost Christmas. Carols are in the air; the shopping lists and presents are piling up. Some of you might be all alone this Christmas, but it’s rare for a person not to feel overwhelmed, stressed, tired or lonely during the holidays. You are not required to feel a certain way just because twinkle lights are everywhere. Whatever is missing from your Christmas spirit this year, it is worth taking a little time to refill your soul with peace, quiet and hope.

For most folks the Christmas season is an exciting and much anticipated time of the year. But for some of us it can bring feelings of sadness, or loneliness, or emptiness. The Christmas Service of Healing and Hope is designed to offer a peaceful time of quiet meditation with beautiful harp music, lighting of candles, a time for prayer, and words of understanding and hope. Perhaps in the middle of the Christmas parties, the hymn-sings, the Christmas pageants, and the family dinners, this service might provide a meaningful space and time that would be otherwise difficult to find.

God isn’t in the business of coming to us when everything is all nice and cleaned up and in order. God comes to the table where the smells of our messy lives are exactly what you would expect. The essence of the Christmas story that we celebrate is that God’s light entered into the darkness in order to bring peace to our everyday struggles.

Each of us carries our own hurts, sorrows, disappointments and broken places. You are invited to come to a beautiful safe place, to bring your broken places and offer them to our God who loves each of us deeply. God is the light in our darkness and God holds us close until we are able to shine again.

May the little Lord Jesus, born in a lowly stable, himself an outcast, bring light, comfort, peace, and joy to your heart this Christmas season.

“What can I give him, poor as I am. If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb. If I were a wiseman, I would do my part, but what I can I give him, give my heart.”

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