Light shines on sad side of holidays

The constant refrain about a merry Christmas reminds many people of what they have lost or never had.

The constant refrain on radio and TV, in shopping malls and churches about the happiness of the Christmas season and getting together with family and friends reminds many people of what they have lost or never had.

The anguish of a loss of a child  the weariness of ill health, the loneliness of no longer having a spouse or the insecurity of unemployment can all contribute to a feeling of being alone in the midst of a society bent of being happy and celebrating.

In recognizing a need to acknowledge sadness and concern, Hope Lutheran Church  is hosting the Service of the Longest Night, Wednesday (Dec. 21) at 7 p.m.

The public is invited to take part in an evening of sharing, prayers, scripture and music to acknowledge God’s presence is also for those who mourn and struggle, and that God’s word can shine light into the darkness.

Hope Lutheran Church is at 2174 Departure Bay Rd.

The service begins at 7 p.m. For more information, please go to www.hopelutherannanaimo.org or call 250-758-1232.