The name comes from the season when we experience the shortest day and the longest night of the year. But the name also applies to the feeling that a number of us have about this season. It is the “long dark night of the soul,” “the winter of our discontent,” in which memories of past experiences and the pain of present experiences can become overwhelming.
For some, Christmas Day is the most difficult. For others, Christmas Eve, or New Year’s Eve, or the beginning of another lonely New Year.
In this service, we recognize the pain of loss where you are invited to claim that pain and, we pray, will give it over to the Christ child. In doing so, we trust that you will find hope and comfort in knowing that you are not alone.