December 21st is the longest night of the year. Darkness covers the land and light is less present. Darkness has a name. Actually darkness has many names: death, disease, dysfunction, dejection, depression, and distance. God knew this would be the case:
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. –John 16:33
The people of ancient Israel had it pretty tough. Their life was a life of exile. Broken dreams, broken hearts, broken lives. And then the prophet spoke on behalf of God. He didn’t promise them a place. He did something better. He promised them a person.
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. –Isaiah 9:2
God delivered the promise one dark night in Bethlehem. Mary had a baby and the world would never quite be the same again. Light replaced darkness once and for all. Things wouldn’t be perfect, but from now on, God would be present.
Christmas can be a challenging, if not difficult, time for some. Especially this Christmas. The hurts we carry are as real as the darkness of the night sky. If you ever feel this way, you are not alone. Loss, depression, financial struggles, distance from family, or life being overwhelming can make Christmas difficult.
Join us in-person or online for The Longest Night worship service on Monday, December 21st at 7:00 pm. This is a different kind of Christmas Service. We will reflect, pray, listen, and heal—together.