The Gift of Christmas Blues, by Chaplain Mark Mills

“…the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
Matthew 4:16 (NIV)

Last year for our Blue Christmas service I wrote a Christmas blues song because other than the Elvis Presley song I couldn’t find much. I especially couldn’t find a song that seemed to address the feelings people can have this time of year around loss, disappointment, and regret. It is at once the most joyous time of year and most melancholy. It isn’t simply the lack of vitamin D due to less sunshine.

When we try to impose great Christmas joy on ourselves without addressing unprocessed internal blues, we will miss the real joy of the season. Christ was born to bring light into darkness. That darkness isn’t merely the darkness in the world of unbelievers. If you are experiencing darkness within your soul this season, this light is for you.

The Light of Christ was born in you when you were born. It has always been there. The darkness in a room doesn’t stand a chance when you turn on the light switch and neither can darkness or blues within a person’s heart. If you find yourself experiencing Christmas blues, let the Light of Christ illuminate it and transform it. The refrain of my Christmas Blues song goes like this:
So come now Lord Jesus, light the darkness in my soul
So come now Lord Jesus, light the darkness in my soul
Help me feel that Christmas spirit
Heal my heart and make me whole

I hope and pray God’s Light of Christmas finds anything negative you might be carrying, transforms it, and brings you the greatest Christmas blessing ever. THAT will be a wonderful Christmas gift!