It’s Christmas, and once again radios and shopping malls will be announcing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
For many people, this is not the most wonderful time of the year.
Some people are dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or another disease, or confronting a number of other human situations that make Christmas parties and presents feel completely out of sync with real life.
This Christmas, Knox United Calgary is creating a sacred space for people living through dark times. We call it a Blue Christmas service. Blue as in the blues. The Blue Christmas service is low-key, reflective, and accepting of people where they really are. The service also offers a word of healing and hope.
Our Blue Christmas service is held on Wednesday, December 21, which is the winter solstice; i.e., the longest night of the year.
Service starts at 7 p.m. in the Knox sanctuary and features our EquiKnox band.
This is also the traditional feast day for Saint Thomas the Apostle, who struggled to believe that Jesus was alive and God was with him. Perhaps, in this way, St. Thomas’ has become the “patron saint” of those who struggle with darkness and grief, especially during this time of the year.