Parish Nursing: Blue at Christmas

BLUE AT CHRISTMAS

It is Christmastime and what joy and happiness springs forth. The birth of a baby who will change the world!  The very thought of it. God coming into this world who, in His love for us, sacrifices Himself to save us. The thrill of this ultimate gift fills our soul. Yet, Christmas can be the hardest time of year when a person is grieving a loss. The decorations and celebrations, supposed to make us feel festive, only remind us of our personal loss. In a season of love and togetherness, a person can somehow feel very alone. The Christmas message is that “God is with us”. And yet, at Christmas there might be a reminder not of birth but of death. Maybe you could help that person by asking them to spend some of the day with you and be a good listener. Take time to share memories of the loved one who has died; hear stories of his or her life. Look though a photo album together, share memories. Help the person with holiday work such as decorating, shopping or baking. Help with household chores or childcare. Pray together, be empathetic. Remember, there are many losses from which people suffer of which you might not even be aware.

“Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you. Save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; be gracious to me, O Lord For to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, Abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; Listen to my cry of supplication. In the day of my trouble I call on you, For you will answer me.”  Psalm 86: 1-7

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