A service of light on the longest night

Dec 12, 2012

This time of year brings lots of merriment, holiday greetings, parties and times of connecting with family and friends. The music, lights, decorations, stores loaded with gift items all bring a smile to our faces as we hustle and bustle about.

Or, at least we feel as if we should be smiling. For many, this time of year can be bittersweet.

For those experiencing loneliness, a loss of someone dear, loss of job, loss of family connections, or a loss or profound change of something else in their life this time of year can be difficult.

We remember persons and/or events that have been a part of our lives in the past, but are now changed or gone, and thus, the holiday season brings challenges and sadness.

On the longest night of the year, in this season of long dark nights, a quiet meditative service will be offered for sharing our hurting places with God and for remembering how it used to be.

You are invited to The Longest Night service at Edmonds United Methodist Church in the chapel on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 828 Caspers St. in Edmonds.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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