WaKEENEY — The Longest Night Service will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in WaKeeney.

The Christmas season can be a painful time for some. It might be the first Christmas after a big life change such as a lost job, a broken relationship or the recent death of a loved family member or friend. A person can be experiencing the weariness of poor health, the pain of isolation or loneliness or feel overcome by anxiety or depression — or perhaps it is a time that always has been difficult for other reasons. Even those who are not struggling with losses might feel the stress of preparations and expectations around Christmas time.

The situations can make people feel alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending going on around us. Spirits sink as the days grow shorter. People feel the darkness growing deeper, and they need a place to come together to share grief, sadness, loneliness or confusion when these emotions often feel out of place during the holidays.

For these reasons, Prairie Faith Parish Nurse Ministry offers a special Longest Night worship service Dec. 21 — the winter solstice and the longest night of the year. The service will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 338 N. Seventh in WaKeeney, and will last approximately an hour.

Come and join in prayer, scripture and music that acknowledge God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle, and that God’s word comes to shine light into darkness. This service is non-denominational, and everyone is welcome, whether they attend a church or not.

The service will be followed by an opportunity for private prayer or meditation in the sanctuary. Healthy refreshments will be served for those wishing to stay and visit afterward. Email Nancy at parishnurse@ruraltel.net or call the church office at (785) 743- 2005 with any questions or concerns.