Feeling blue this Christmas?

"Blue Christmas" is the theme for the month of December at CrossPointe Community in Westlake. When the theme is shared, people look puzzled because that’s not the typical theme for the Christmas season. But the theme is one that many people experience including myself, the pastor at CrossPointe. How can it be?

I experienced the loss of my dad at age 8. My sister and I were raised by my mom. There was a lot of pain in my life as well as my sister's; too much to share in this article. Suffice to say life was full of lemons. Whether the loss of a parent, the challenge of divorce, lost friend, bullying, a parent who was there but wasn’t there ... there are numerous reasons for not really celebrating the season but feeling some measure of a Blue Christmas.

So at CrossPointe we will give attention to four challenges people face at this time of year: grief, depression, rejection and loneliness. The genuine feelings we deal with are something to express and not to stuff again and again. Along with the melancholy songs we hear on the radio and in the mall we find our feelings compounded by events and experiences which are intended to be joyful but for some of us magnify our feelings of pain.

The reason for the theme at CrossPointe is to address the needs of people in our communities who may not be “into church” or “religious.” We are a church for those who aren’t into church and a place for those who are not religious; as I often say, “I’m not into religion either.” Jesus is the reason for the season but it’s about a relationship and not about “hoop jumping” or living a code of ethics. It’s all about the heart.

You are invited to hear how you can manage your Blue Christmas at CrossPointe Community, 1800 Columbia Road, at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday and 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Nelson Blount

I pastor CrossPointe Community.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:44 AM, 12.09.2014