We held our Quiet Christmas Service tonight, an opportunity for those missing loved ones, to sit out for a time from all the brightness of the season and to have their loss acknowledged and their sadness shared. Although this is only my fourth Christmas season in this community, I was very conscious of all those whose loss we have mourned even in that short time. As we hung stars on the tree and lit candles it was wonderful to feel so much a part of folks' lives, folk who have generously allowed me to share in their joy and in their sorrow.
The stars we hung on the tree reminded us of the birth we prepare to celebrate and the candles we placed on the cross linked that baby with the Christ who died for us. God gets alongside us in this season and in every season constantly reminding us that love never dies.