Twinkling Lights

The twinkling lights, the packages and the joyful melodies can, at times, for some be hard to embrace.They remind us of lost loved ones, failed hopes, sadness and depression. For some Christmas is blue, that’s why it’s so important to show joy, bring light and offer words of hope. I have included a candle lighting that you can use with friends or family to remember a loved one, perhaps you can do it on December 21st, the longest night, when the day is the shortest and the night is the longest.

Prayer

The days are short. The nights are long. Lord, your universe mirrors the reality of our hearts, revealing your gracious spirit that mourns with us in grief, cries with us in sorrow, sits with us in despair. You are not a distant God, removed from human pain, but a faithful companion closer to us than our tears. Help us to feel your presence now as we remember and reflect, seeking your healing touch and the hope we have in the Christ child. Amen

Lighting of candles

Reader: We light these candles in thanksgiving for loved ones lost, for past health and joy that seems so distant.

Reader: We light these candles in prayer, that we will feel God’s love in our present sorrow.

Reader: We light these candles in hope, for the promises of God yet to be revealed.

Together say, glory to God, you are the light of the world.

Read Psalm 113 and Psalm 139:7-12

Reflect and give thanks for the loved one and gods consistent presence and assurance of ever lasting life.

Reverend Kirsty DuPree

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I have enjoyed working for over 20 years in the education and publishing spaces creating accessible learning environments for all students. My teaching experiences led me into supporting schools in need of improvement and creating and delivering professional development to teachers and leaders. And then I moved into selling educational materials, programs, technology, and services. Most recently, I have been developing content for innovative learning programs in K-12 and museum spaces. For the past 17 years serving on the board of the Collegiate Corporation, I have led initiatives in women's leadership, stewardship, development, virtual strategy, and educational programs for youth and families. Outside of the learning and non-profit spaces, I enjoy blogging about faith and inspiring women. I have a passion for travel, where you might find me exploring national parks, museums, and finding the best local restaurant to eat. I capture my adventures digitally with my camera. My photography has appeared in exhibitions throughout Europe and Australia in 2019 and 2020, on television in the United States, and was chosen from over 100,000 entries to appear in a well-known photography magazine.

One thought on “Twinkling Lights

  1. Beautiful words from the depth of your heartbreak. Thank you for sharing this, dear Kirsty, in the wake of your father’s passing. May God bless you.

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