This is the year for a Blue Christmas

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And as our anxious minds are apt to do, we begin to worry about what could happen next . . .

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If there were ever a year to give ourselves the space for a Blue Christmas service in our churches, this year is it.

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The questions of “why” and “how long” will this pain continue are offered again and again in the Psalms, often referred to as psalms of lament.

Even Jesus asked for there to be another way in the Garden of Gethsemane, praying that God “let this cup pass away” from him.

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio

In lament, we move from our grief to a place of knowing God’s presence with us in the suffering.

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clinical social worker, spiritual director, author, husband, father, son, runner in Georgia, co-author of When Anxiety Strikes from Kregel Publications.

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