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Preventing depression during the holidays

| December 11, 2013

COSHOCTON – Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult.

The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation – all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending.  We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone.

Our spirits sink as the days grow shorter. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us.

For these reasons, four Coshocton area United Methodist Churches, Canal Lewisville, Grace, Park and Roscoe are coming together to offer a special Longest Night service. The service will be Thursday, December 19 at 7 p.m. in the Grace United Methodist Church Sanctuary. The church is located at 422 Walnut St., Coshocton. For more information, call 740-622-1302.

Come out, and join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle – and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome.

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