The holiday season is right around the corner and if you are grieving a loss (death of a loved one, relationship, job, etc.) you might find yourself wishing you could just avoid the holidays all together and wake up once they were over. The anticipation can be nearly as stressful as the actual day itself as you realize that your holidays will not be the same. Your loved one who was always present is now glaringly absent, the marriage or friendship you once had is no longer there or maybe the loss of a job has left more stress and financial burden than you anticipated. These are all hard situations, each bringing their own set of challenges and grief. As you think ahead to the holidays it may not feel joyful, in fact it it may be the opposite. It could feel impossible, unknown, and disappointing.We know this season is hard for anyone who has experienced a loss. The grief is still fresh and the holiday traditions surrounding family may feel awkward and painful. We want to help you find tools to face the upcoming days with reassurance that you can move forward and find peace that surpasses understanding. We want to provide you with an understanding of what to expect from others who have been there before you so you can lessen the emotional impact of the holidays and know that you will be okay, even if it doesn’t feel okay. But most of all we want to point you to Christ, the one who truly understands our suffering, so that you might experience His comfort and find His grace and peace to meet you where you are at.We have two events coming up at Bethel that will provide connection and hope for those who are grieving this holiday season. Whether that is you or someone you love, we invite you to attend these events, bring a friend, or encourage someone you know who would benefit to come and receive support and encouragement.DivorceCare Surviving the HolidaysOn November 8th, 6:30-8:30 in the Activity Center. This short event includes a video, sharing time, and a "Survival Guide" filled with tips and encouragement for managing the holidays after separation and divorce. Register here.
On December 13th, 6:30-7:30 in the Activity Center, we will have our annual Blue Christmas Service for anyone who is hurting this holiday season. Come and participate in a quiet evening of reflection, prayer, and and hands on experiences to help you express yourself to God. No registration necessary. Children welcome.