As I am writing this, I am watching the sun, low in the sky and shining for the few hours it will today. The winter months are filled with these long nights and can awaken feelings of sadness, loneliness and melancholy. Which is why I am also sitting in front of a happy light! At the same time, the winter can be an invitation to join creation in a long rest. Whether our plans are completely disrupted by a winter storm or we must physically slow down our walk to trudge through the heaps of snow, we join the earth of the northern hemisphere in discovering what goodness comes out of the darkness of rest, renewal and preparing for new life.
My hope is that you will find the rhythm of Advent as you prepare for Christmas. May you take notice of your longings and hopes that may have been lost to your senses in the summer bustle. May you discover God dwelling with you in any feelings of sadness or loneliness that emerges. May you slow down and encounter Christ in the eyes of those you meet and in the quiet cold air that fills your lungs. May this be a season of preparation even as it is also a season of joy.
And I hope that you will join us in community as we near Christmas together. We hope to worship with you, share meals together and celebrate with joy!
God’s peace be with you,