The Ministry of Lisa Copen

Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

Would you want your blue Christmas acknowledged?

would you share your blue christmas?

Delbluexmas Alice, a former HopeKeepers leader who was the wonderful author behind our Christmas cards, (which there is still time to order!) sent me this from RBC Ministries.

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Celebrating A Blue Christmas?

A growing number of churches are holding annual Blue Christmas services for those faced with grief and loss. The holiday season’s emphasis on happiness and good cheer often makes people who are dealing with heartbreak feel even worse.

An Associated Press article quoted a pastor who described the Blue Christmas service as “an opportunity for people to come and be in the presence of God and acknowledge their grief and despair and loneliness and give it to God.”  One participant added, “And it’s a good place to have a cry and no one will mind.”

During the Christmas season, we often read Isaiah’s prophecies of the coming Messiah who would be born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14) and called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (9:6). But perhaps we should also include the words of Isaiah 53: “He is . . . a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. . . . Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows . . . . And by His stripes we are healed” (vv.3-5). The psalmist reminds us that “[The Lord] heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Ps. 147:3).

If you’re hurting this Christmas, remember: Jesus came to save us, to help us, and to heal us. David C. McCasland

Souce: RBC Ministries

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Alice wrote me…

Lisa, Have you ever heard of this? I found it quite interesting. I wish I could share it with lots of churches. I think this type of service would be good for HopeKeepers. Curious to hear what you think. I think this service could work two ways, maybe. Be a "downer" to some – but a great help to others….maybe steet people, or just "hurting" people who know they won’t have a happy or joyful Christmas due to physical and mental problems – and others. It could be a way of release. Just thought I would pass it on to you. Alice

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What do you think? I’d love to hear your opinion! Is this something you would like? Would you attend or encourage others to attend?

Lisa

PS: I couldn’t post this without adding one of my all-time favorite Christmas classic songs. I grew up in a home where it wasn’t really Christmas season until Elvis was singing and now it’s the same in my home. 🙂 So enjoy "Blue Christmas" with Elvis and I for a moment!

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1 Comment»

  priscilla wrote @

this is a wonderful idea and i would definitely encourage people who needed this to attend, and i would attend if i found myself in need of this.


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