Seeking Comfort During the Holidays

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

We see the ads, hear the songs and watch the television shows. The Christmas season is special. It is. But the message we’re given tells us we’re to be overjoyed, spending our December with family and friends. Everyone has a fireplace, a gigantic tree, lots of presents and a spotless home. Looking at the television ads, you’d also think everyone gets a new car with a giant bow on Christmas morning.

The fact of the matter is that this season can be stressful. (Tysons, anyone?) Our lives don’t match up to the hype. The children aren’t perfect; that big-bowed car doesn’t magically appear; and sometimes the season can feel isolating. If the month of December leaves you feeling this way, I have some good news. You are not alone and your church family loves you.

For anyone who is missing a loved one, I hope you’ll join us for a special service that recognizes this season can sometimes be difficult. This service will recognize loss of any kind: divorce, job loss, pet loss, loss of a relationship.

in the Chapel

We’ll join together with our friends from Charles Wesley United Methodist Church in Trinity’s Chapel for this service. It’s very much a community-invited service. We hope you will invite family, neighbors and friends who would benefit. We’ll have beautiful Celtic music and offer a chance to come together, recognizing our loss and seeking the hope and peace we are promised through the birth of the Christ child.

As always, Jim, Keith and I are here for you if you ever need to talk, visit or just go get coffee. Please join us for worship this Christmas season.

I look forward to seeing you at church!


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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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