As the holiday season approaches, for many it is a season of joy and celebrations. However for some, it may be the first holiday without a beloved family member who has recently died or it may be a time that has always been difficult.There is no way around it – the holiday season can be painful, stirring in many a sense of loneliness. Spirits sink as the days grow shorter. Overwhelming feelings of sadness and grief are ever present.This year, on Sunday afternoon November 5 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel, we are offering a Service of Comfort and Hope for people who are struggling with loss as they near the holidays. There will be a time for reflection and prayer with music and scripture acknowledging God’s presence with those who mourn.God’s Word comes to us to shine light into the dark places of our lives. Toward the end of the service, you will be invited to light a candle to signify the light of Christ who broke through the darkness and is still shining with us.