Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Solstice, Advent and New Year all offer hope
This year has been most trying, and without a question the single most difficult year of my life, which is saying a lot for those who have walked with us through the last 5 years. Yet on the other hand, it has proved itself to be a fruitful, and faithful year as well. How these elements of opposite value can trend together I am not sure, but this is not the first year I have seen struggle and blessing go hand in hand.
The fact that the Winter Solstice, the Advent and the coming of a New Year are positioned so close to one another is the perfect alignment for rethinking life. The Winter Solstice marks the ending of shortening days and lengthening darkness. This night points us toward Spring, new life, and dawning of longer periods of light. It is a birth of hope. The Advent calls us to consider the place of God in our hearts, and reveals the deepest place of God's interaction with humanity. It is a second birth of hope. The New Year completes the passage of a season of life, and enlivens our hearts with the potential for new things. It is a third birth of hope in this short period of only a handful of days.
How will you re-position your life in order to take full advantage of the grace afforded us in changing seasons? This is a question I ask myself for this coming year. May the Lord bless us both with the proper response to this season of transition.
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