Ah the night darkness, darkest before dawn
…Shadow’s longest dwelling, this solstice pain
Now! Shivering, chills. Season coldest before Spring
When weakest faith tested, shown strong
…Through snows hold. Then! Wash’d warm rains
And failing hope, restored, our rejoices bring.Bartimaeus 2018
Merry Christmas! Happy New year!
Our best wishes. May this Christmas season afford us all the opportunity to reflect on the lesson of nature, which is, after all, the Creator’s first and favorite witness. That in these weeks of short days and darkest nights, as we begin the yearly ache for Spring … we might genuinely encounter the meaning of Christ’s birth for us.
Few would argue: Our politics are darkened, our climate is wheezing, our friendships are tested and sadly, even ended – in the cauldron of polarized notions. If we could for a few short weeks get past the hype, flashing neon and commercialization, past the greed, anger and angst…
If we could just get past our compulsive self-seeking, we might remember some of the things that really matter.
Family. Friends. Health. Helping others in need. A chance to provide a merciful help-up along the way for a stranger we will never see again … responding to another’s fear and pain by absorbing a blow instead of retaliation.
“The Lord your God is the God of all gods and Lord of all lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who doesn’t play favorites and doesn’t take bribes. He enacts justice for orphans and widows, and he loves immigrants, giving them food and clothing. That means you must also love immigrants because you were immigrants in Egypt”(Deuteronomy 10:17-19)
“I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.”Matthew 25:35-36
The love of God and the service of his son Jesus are reflected back to us in these humble, simple acts. The very breath of life, as fleeting as it is, is so precious. We are filled with gratitude for the opportunity, the chance to live meaningfully.
We hope you’re able to pay the season forward in a way that brings the true nature of this time into a genuine, authentic understanding of what the Creator intended us all to enjoy.
Let us not surrender ourselves to hopeless fear that darkness never ends. Instead, we can rest in the assurance that each day is a new beginning. And this dark season – whatever that means for each of us – is followed by Spring’s fragrant breeze. New life is just a breath away.
Kristin & David
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.” Luke 1:46-48