The holiday season is fast approaching.  This time of the year is often touted as “the happiest season of all.”   But this sentiment is not true for everyone.  The holiday season can be a time of great pain and grief for those who have lost loved ones and those who carry heavy spiritual and emotional burdens.  Recent research suggests that this time of the year can worsen one’s experience of emotional pain and depression.  This phenomenon has come to be known as the “holiday blues.”  The holidays can leave folks feeling isolated and stressed, especially when their mood is such a contrast to all the bright lights and cheerful parties.  It is helpful to be reminded that many around us carry heavy burdensoften in silence.  And if we’re honest, all of us carry some level of emotional and spiritual baggage in our daily lives.  What do we do with our pain?      

In Isaiah 40, we find these words:  “Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.”  Ours is a God who comforts our pains, heals our wounds, and eases our suffering.  When we are tempted to hide our pain from God and others, we read these words from Isaiah that remind us that God longs to comfort us.

On November 3, our church family will gather to worship God, acknowledge our pain, and find comfort in God’s healing presence.  The Faith Formation Team is hosting A Service of Night Prayer with prayers for healing at 5:30pm in the Sanctuary.  Childcare is available upon request.  This will be a quiet, peaceful service featuring soft music and lighting, the opportunity to be anointed with oil, and the opportunity to light a candle to honor your source of loss, pain, or grief.

If childcare is required, please RSVP to Blake Kendrick by October 30.  Jesus says in Matthew 11:28:  “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Join us for this peaceful service of healing, and be reminded that Jesus is the “Prince of Peace.”