Category: Seasonal Rhythms

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)

Solstice 2016

 

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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.

Aside

 

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)

Happy Solstice!

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.

“I am Jesus… I am sending you
to open their eyes,
so that they may turn from darkness to light
and from the power of Satan to God,
that they may receive forgiveness of sins…”

“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will
not walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.”

(From Isaiah 9, Acts 26, John 8

Foraging for Nuts

 

We went to the forest with our friend Olya to gather hazelnuts.

We went to the forest with our friend Olya to gather hazelnuts.

 

She wanted to find the meadow she loves for our picnic.

She wanted to find the meadow she loves for our picnic. But since she always walks and we were driving, she couldn’t find it.

 

We ended up navigating narrow paths, spinning our wheels in sand, and getting the truck paint scratched.

We ended up navigating narrow paths, spinning our wheels in sand, and getting the truck paint scratched.

 

Our picnic was peaceful, the trees were beautiful, and we gathered hazelnuts in the woods.

Our picnic was peaceful, the trees were beautiful, and we gathered hazelnuts in the woods — a perfect Ukrainian autumn day.