We held our Longest Night service. It's a time for those of us who don't find Christmas all sweetness and light; because we are mourning, because we are far from home, because there are broken relationships, because there is anxiety about the future.... all the stuff that makes life complicated, painful and dark.
We take time to acknowledge these feelings, to be real about them - and to hold them in the light of the promise of God.
The light does nto take away the darkness.
But we dare to trust that the darkness does not overwhelm the Light.