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Acknowledging Our Pain — Resources for a Blue Christmas Service December 10, There is much on all our minds as we prepare for Christmas this year that is not pleasant. The fires in California that have killed so many and left many more homeless.
The tragic plight of 60 million refugees around the world, fears about climate change and its potentially devastating impact on our planet, and our own personal tragedies of lost loved ones, friends or relatives with terminal illnesses, and other losses mean that our hearts are grieving.
So why do we try to cover our pain and grief with Yuletide cheer?
People who are not having a very merry Christmas and friends who support them are invited to come and sit with one another in a liturgy that speaks of the love of God for the grieving. I have posted several times in the past about this but thought that this year I would combine some of the resources into a single post so that those of you who are planning services or your own personal ritual can easily access them.
Some are creative ideas for activities that facilitate grieving. The Empty Chair An empty chair is a powerful symbol of loss and can really facilitate our grieving.
Creating a prayer station composed only of empty chairs or having empty chairs at the front of the sanctuary are both simple but powerful worship tools.
If you have a small group of participants you might like to suggest each person grabs one of the empty chairs and sits it next to them at one point in the service. However the lighting of candles by each of the congregation and the creating of a prayer table for all those we have lost can provide an even more compelling statement.
Create a Collage Ask people attending the service to bring photos of those people or situations for which they are grieving.
At one of the tables have a large sheet of cardboard on which people can paste their photos to create a collage. Our church does this for All Saints Day and the ribbon then hangs in the sanctuary until Advent begins.
If you have an artist in your congregation who can create a collage from these ribbons and prayers. At the end of the service people took out their stones to take home.
Zip or cable tie s, are used as handcuffs in many parts of the world and can effectively be used as symbols of bondage either in our own lives or in the lives of the suffering people around the world that we identify with.
One possibility is to give each person a zip tie at the beginning of the service. After a period of quiet prayer and reflection encourage them to come to the front where a chain link fence or screen has been set up. Participants attach their cable tie to the fence as a symbol of identification of the suffering of people unjustly treated, or senselessly killed around the world.
They then pick up a barbed wire cut off cross to take back to their seat as a reminder that Jesus accepted us and came to earth to relieve our suffering and pain. The barbed wire is also a symbol of our willingness to accept responsibility of the suffering of others and to do what we can to alleviate it.
Symbols of Hope Most people do not want to leave a service with a feeling of despair or hopelessness. Providing a table at which they can create a memorial for the season that gives them hope is one way to turn hopelessness into hope. You might like to provide paper and pencils for people to draw or doodle with, rocks for them to paint or plants to create gardens.
Alternatively ask them to bring journals and photos to the event. Provide a table at which they can create artistic images of their loved ones or of the situations they are grieving. Art journalling like this is becoming more and more popular.
Creating pages with the images of those we love who have passed away, decorating them and using them as a focus for prayer during the season can be very healing. Personally, I am discovering more each year how healing a memorial garden or stone can be too and offering this creative exercise to others is something that I increasingly do at retreats and other events.
And Nathan Hill wrote this compelling post that I think makes a good focus for reflection. Worship always has great resources and I think has the best list for Blue Christmas ideas of any site I have visited.
Lectionary Songs has some excellent suggestions on songs for such a service. Come and lament with me. For today and most days All we bring are broken things.
Here is a beautiful adaptation of Psalm 88 that would also make a good addition to a Blue Christmas service A couple of years ago, when grieving the still raw death of my mother, I wrote my own Blue Christmas poem.Singin' in the Rain - youtube.
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