Even as Christians around the world anticipate the coming of Christ during the season of Advent, they need to be mindful that for many the holidays are not always merry and bright. Whether dealing with recent tragedy or hardship or scars from previous years, for many the holidays can bring the blues.
Published by The Upper Room, “Blue Christmas: Devotions of Light in a Season of Darkness” by Todd Outcalt can help those experiencing grief, sorrow, depression, anxiety or loneliness find hope and comfort this Advent. The book has devotions for each of 28 days of Advent. Each entry includes scripture, a prayer and suggested daily practices.
Many churches also offer services during the season with themes such as “Blue Christmas” or “Service of the Longest Night.” Blue Christmas/Longest Night Worship With Those Who Mourn can help as you plan for your congregation.
Here are some other resources for comforting those in pain during Advent and Christmas: