Psalm 42:11 – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (NIV)
One of our local churches has a "Blue Christmas" service every year. I haven't yet been able to get to one, but I presume that it is for people who are sad during the holiday. I think that when people are feeling sad, more sadness will not perk them up. I know this from personal struggle.
There are lots of blue Christmas things to blue us up some more. Just word search, and you will find blue ornaments, trees, presents, songs, and yes, even blue menus, all presumably designed to leave us breathlessly blue.
As the song by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson goes, the singer is blue because he is without his love at Christmas, while presumably his love is experiencing a white, happy Christmas.
The chorus is all that saves me from despair:
- You'll be doin' all right,
With your Christmas of white,
But I'll have a blue, blue Christmas.
That Christmas of white, oh, that Christmas of white … Thank God for the Christ who makes my Christmas a Christmas of white.
Isaiah 1:18 – "Come now, let us reason together," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." (NIV)
Prayer: Father God, we thank You for the promise that someday we will be with You forever, and with our loved ones once more … through the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.