Despite the decorations, the commercials, and the festive cards, the Holiday season can be a challenging time for us. For those grieving a loss, for those estranged from families, or unable to visit for safety’s sake, for those who carry painful memories of holiday’s past, this is not always the most wonderful time of the year. Let us put down the burden of pretending otherwise. It does our hearts some good to hold in the community the truth of this time, the beautiful parts and the painful parts. In this service, we will reflect and make space for all of us who struggle in this season of light.