The holidays, for many, are a joyous time of seeing friends and family, of celebrating life and love, and most importantly, engaging in the anticipation of Jesus’ birth and his second coming.
While the former sounds wonderful, and while the sights and sounds of Christmas often take us to a wonderful place in our hearts, or a fond memory from our childhood, the truth of the matter is this; for some, this is simply not the case.
Instead, for a number of people, the holidays represent a time of loss, loneliness, or abandonment; a time of hurting and pain. Whether it be the loss of a loved one, a strained relationship, feelings of doubt, or struggles with self-worth, sometimes, the holidays are simply not joyous.
Often times the pain is buried deep inside and other times it is bursting to the surface. No matter its source, even if it is not fully known, we want you to know this:
IT’S OKAY TO FEEL HOW YOU ARE FEELING!
To express our pain and hurt is a good step on the path to healing. God, our loving father, whether you’ve experienced his presence or not, or even whether you believe in him at all, wants to walk alongside you and step into your pain. He cares for you and loves you more than you could ever know.
Because of this, we want to provide a time for you come and simply feel how you feel, to express in silence or aloud, the pain and sadness that may be inside. We want to provide a service where you can come and be filled, consuming the love God wants to pour out to you.
You can sit in silence and listen or, if you would like, we will have some wonderful volunteers to pray over and with you. This is your time and we want to help you walk through this difficult season. We want to remind you that you are not forgotten and that God loves you so very much! We look forward to seeing you there.
DATE: Tuesday December 12, 2017
PLACE: North Pointe Church of Christ