For some of us this is going to be a Blue Christmas. That is just the way it is. Maybe:
• One whose stories we have always enjoyed won't be with us this year because of death or separation.
• We are so angry with each other we can't be under the same roof at the same table.
• Mobility keeps us living so far from each other that it is impossible to be together.
• We feel we have totally let ourselves or another down and can't face each other.
• We have deep ideological, political or religious differences and have never learned to really listen to each other.
• Depression is part of our life all the time and even more present at times of on-demand merriment.
Isaiah teaches us to lament. He says to Yahweh, "Rip down the heavens ... make the mountains shudder ... make people shake in their boots ... you did terrible things we never expected ... no one has ever imagined a God like you ... how angry you've been with us."
Cedaredge friends, we are too reticent, nice or sophisticated. Isaiah is not any of these things and he lets God have it. So can we. Let's have a Blue Christmas service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church, a time to lament.