Church of Our Saviour

21 Marathon Street | Arlington, Massachusetts | 781-648-5962

Give Me Time for My Tears

‘Tis the season to be jolly but not everyone is.  The gear up of music, shopping and decorating for Christmas often reminds people of what they have lost or never had.  In the first week of Advent a special service of prayer and guided meditation was held at COS.  Our seminarian, Dr. Joyce Scheyer, helped prepare the service and presided.  It was an invitation to those who were entering the Christmas season hurting in some way to listen to themselves and one another.

The hymns, prayers and readings offered words of consolation. A candle lighting ritual provided an opportunity to be welcoming and patient with our feelings.  In her reflection, Lily reminded us that Advent is a time to prepare for change and change begins when something else ends.  When something ends there is a tough neutral zone to go through before new beginnings begin.  Advent is an invitation to the neutral zone where we wait for what’s next.  We may feel sad, lost, disappointed, or like a failure, but we wait anyway.  In Advent faith is waiting.

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