Help is around us if you need it this holiday

Date Published: 
Dec. 22, 2017

The holidays can bring joy, togetherness and peace. It is a time to treasure our families, bond with our friends and co-workers, and reflect on all that is good.

Unless they aren’t.

Holidays can also be terribly depressing for people, particularly those who have experienced a difficult loss, found themselves unemployed or face addiction. This past Thanksgiving we saw a string of overdoses in the western part of Sussex County, and that appears to be a national trend during this time of year. The holidays, for all their glory, can also bring a great deal of suffering and loneliness.

Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church will be hosting its annual Blue Christmas service on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 6:30 p.m. It will once again be hosted by retired pastor Kay Lanasa, and she is preaching hope this year.

“Those who need it, come,” said Lanasa. “Mainly because of all the stuff that is going on this year, I felt people need to feel comforted and safe. We’re dealing with so many things. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the world’s issues, this is a place to come and sit and be in prayer.”

atTAcK Addiction has been sending out flyers to people in the area with hotline numbers for AA/NA-related groups if people are feeling overwhelmed. In Sussex County, they can be reached at (302) 856-6458. Find help and get help. Please.