For some, Christmas is not merry but rather blue. Unmoved by the flashing lights and festive carols, untouched by the family feasts and gilded gifts, many people this Holy Day season will be having a Blue Christmas. They are feeling the blues in their spirits more than the joy to the world.
For some, their blues arise from loneliness. Widows and widowers may miss the joy of their lost loves, especially during this Holy Day season. Indeed, so do many divorcees and still singles. Even some unhappily married find themselves feeling down this time of year. Much of the way we celebrate Christmas in America centers on the family. So, those without the family they once had or expected may get the blues. They will have a Blue Christmas.
For others, their blues arise from hardship or suffering. Perhaps some unemployed or underemployed may not be able to provide the Christmas for their families that they wish they could. Others who are sick or laid-up might feel the frustration of not being able to get out and enjoy the festivities of the season. As they compare their lives to the pictures of joy that surrounds the celebration of Christmas, they get the blues. They will have a Blue Christmas.
Yet the Christ of Christmas knows their blues. He knows your blues. Two thousand years ago, the eternal Son of God took on human flesh and joined in our world of blues. From his birth in a barn to his excruciating execution on the cross of Calvary, Jesus knew the hardships of human life. When dying, He cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” We may not always understand why God allows us to go through times of trial, but in Jesus Christ, we know that He loves us and that He understands.
We also know that the blues are not the final song. Jesus, the Christ, rose from the dead on the third day from his crucifixion. He conquered death for us, for you. Because of the Christ of Christmas, we know that our trials will also end in songs of resurrection joy. During the Advent season of preparation for Christmas, the primary color in our church is blue because blue is a color of hope. So, perhaps we can all have a Blue Christmas this year, a Christmas of Hope during good times and bad. Blue Christmas!