I am taking a break from my daily postings for the 12 days of Christmas to reflect and rest. Maybe you like to take this opportunity to look over the archives, …on the 1st day take a look at December 2020 and notice which painting or quote catches your eye today, …for the 2nd day look back at January 2021, and so forth. See you back on January 6.
“And blessed is she who believed there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord. And Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…” Luke 1:45-46
How do you respond in soul and spirit?
“God of making and unmaking, of tearing down and re-creating, you are my home and habitation, my refuge and place of dwelling.
In your hollows I am re-formed, given welcome and benediction, beckoned to rest and rise again, made ready and sent forth.” ~ Jan Richardson, Night Visions
How are you re-formed?
“In the silence of a midwinter dusk, there is a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen. You are aware of the beating of your heart. The extraordinary thing that is about to happen…” ~ Frederick Buechner
Do you hear it?
It happened once
Remembering that it happened once,
We cannot turn away the thought,
As we go out, cold, to our barns
Toward the long night’s end, that we
Ourselves are living in the world
It happened in when it first happened… ~ Wendell Berry
Where do your thoughts turn?
The risk of Christmas
When is the time for love to be born?
The inn is full on the planet earth,
And by a comet the sky is torn–
Yet Love still takes the risk of birth. ~ Madeleine L’Engle
When is the time?