Kate Butler reads a story to a group under the Lions tent at the Dysart 150 celebrations in Haliburton on Saturday July 8. Community volunteers took time to read throughout the day. Two local authors also read their books and free children's books were given out. /JENN WATT Staff

Light in the Darkness: A ‘blue Christmas’ service

The merry season of Christmas is progressing in the minds of many at this time of year. For some people it is a sad time of the year when they grieve the loss of a loved one in a significant way. The “merry” is nowhere to be felt.

“Light in the Darkness” is a Christian-based service being prepared by representatives from various Christian denominations which will include prayers music and reflections. All who may be experiencing the pain of grief; who find the Christmas season a difficult and sad time are welcome to come on  Dec 3 2 p.m. at St. Anthony church.

Sharing the loss as we take time to remember those who have died may help in dividing the pain. We can share the burden of loss as it is carried alongside others. Words of hope in this dark time of the year will be shared by Fr Scott Murray the interim pastor for St. Anthony Parish. The various churches have been coming together over the past year with events sponsored by “Church of Haliburton.” Pastor Garry Swagerman a member of the bereavement network with SIRCH says “It is comforting to know that you are not alone in your grief.” He is part of a group from “C of H” creating this event with the thought to accompany those who experience loss. Over the years there have been many other groups and individuals that have carried this message of hope and sharing grief as a way to move through the process of alleviating each individuals pain.

Accompanying someone in the process of grief can be a healing experience even for the person trying to help. Loving your life enough to share with those in need can give us pause in a stressful time of year filled with expectations. Take some time to reduce the rush of the holiday season and join the community gathering for “Light in the Darkness.”

The service will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church 27 Victoria St. Haliburton on Sunday Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the service.

Submitted by Jean Schlicklin Tyler