For those who have experienced loss, the holidays can be a particularly painful time, stirring up grief in acute ways. As a result, churches around the world have adopted the practice of having a “Blue Christmas” or a “Longest Night” service during the Advent season. In the Northern hemisphere, this service is often observed on December 21st, the Winter Solstice, which is the longest night of the year.
The Longest Night service is designed to provide space for prayer, reflection, and remembrance amidst the holiday hustle and bustle. During the holiday season, grief and loss can be a crippling.
It is good to be reminded that in our pain and grieving, God is with us.