Many of my clergy peeps have related that the last few weeks in ministry have been among the most difficult in their pastorates. Folks are hurting, whether in shock over the election or fear about the future. Some folks are reeling from acts of hate that have been in the news, or have happened directly to them. Anxieties are heightened—will we lose gains we’ve made in LGBTQ rights? Will we lose ground in the availability of healthcare? Will the middle class suffer more economic blows?
But you have to layer that hurt and fear with the normal agonies that happen in our everyday lives. Burdens of illness and new diagnoses. Pets who have run away or died. Tests and classes that have been failed. Loves who have been lost. Deaths, whether by accident or injury or natural disaster. All the terrible things just seem to pile on.
And so this is Christmas.
You might be having a Blue Christmas. So this is just a gentle reminder to be gentle with yourself. Remind yourself that you have to have everything figured out. Take care of you. And ask for help.
TODAY’S ADVENT TASK
Reach out to someone you love, someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Remind them that you love them. If you’re in need of a loving friend, tell them. If they need a friend, remind them that you’re here. And if you need a call from me, leave me a note in the comments.