Personal problems often derail holiday happiness



For too many,  the approaching Christmas holidays do not create an anticipation of the joy and happiness usually advertised on television or found in greeting cards.

Holidays can be especially difficult for anyone dealing with the death of a loved one, or some other life-changing loss such as a divorce, separation, loss of a job or a serious health diagnosis. Such losses and challenges make it difficult to participate in jovial parties and even upbeat-worship services. For many, the cheeriness of the season can even intensify the pain and sadness of grief.

In recent years, many churches across the country have attempted to reach out to people who feel burdened by grief during the holidays by offering Blue Christmas Services. These times of worship have a quieter, more somber feel than traditional Christmas worship.  Scripture, music, prayers and sermons focus on the healing comfort available to people of faith during dark times.

Suntree United Methodist Church, located at 7400 North Wickham Road, will conduct its inaugural Blue Christmas Service at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. The public is welcome. This worship experience will provide sacred space during the Christmas season, where reflection, comfort, healing and hope can occur.

For more information, call 321-208-8098.