Category: Seasonal Rhythms

The thing life is fullest of is the thing we find hardest to believe in. New beginnings. The incredible gift of a fresh start. Every new year. Every new day. Every new life.

What wonderful gifts!

And when we spoil things, and life goes all wrong, we feel dismayed, because we find it so hard to see that we can start again.

God lets us share it too, you know. Only God can give life, it’s true—make a new baby or a new year—but he gives us the power to give each other a new beginning, to forgive each other and make a fresh start when things go wrong.

–Penelope Wilcock, The Hawk and the Dove (aff)

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.  What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.

This day,
In sadness borne,
We must confess:
The Spirit of the Age
Has crushed
The infant in the cradle.

And yet:
O glorious yet,
One day, in gladness shown,
We must profess:
The infant from the manger
Has crushed
The Spirit of the Age.

Tristan Gylberd (1954-)

(used with permission)

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“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone. …

For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor, you have broken…

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.

(from Isaiah 9 ESV)

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

(from John 8 ESV)

Aside

One of these days I’m going to have to write up the story of the worst. Thanksgiving. dinner. ever. — from 2004.

I made it and the company was gracious, but there are Ukrainians who now think U.S. traditional foods are horrible.

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Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
whom he has redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.

Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to a city to dwell in;
hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
till they reached a city to dwell in.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he satisfies the longing soul,
and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

(Psalm 107:1-9 ESV)