Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holiday distress

During this season of the year, I'm mindful that your emotions, thoughts, feelings and expectations can run the gamut from excited to depressed. Some of you absolutely love this season and enjoy all the holiday preparations and activities. And some of you positively dread this time of year. So much depends on expectations and past experiences, to say nothing of your current reality.

Because the pastors in my congregation know this, too, they lead a Blue Christmas worship service every year at this time. It will be held this Thursday evening. I'm glad they do this because I know what a difficult time of year this can be for many. We all need to be sensitive to that when we are in groups and talk about our anticipation and excitement. It doesn't mean we can't show our excitement. We just need to be aware that not everyone shares it.

If you are having trouble with this season, please talk with someone. Know you aren't alone. Know, too, that it doesn't mean something is wrong with you. You don't have to go through this alone.

If you experience the joy and anticipation of this season, that's wonderful. Perhaps you, like so many of us, are somewhere in the middle of those—and enjoy the season even though you might be disappointed that some of your expectations (and old traditions) aren't fulfilled.

No matter where on the continuum you fall, may you find a deep sense of peace in these days and weeks.

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