Solstice has reminded us of the shortest day and the longest night. It is also a turning point. As dawn gilded the sky this morning days begin to grow again., Advent, with its 4 candles, is also seen as an observance of this rekindling
When I light these candles, I reflect on the coming of the Light of Christ. Can I do so with the intention of sharing this light? .
What are the ways in which I can help make the world lighter? How do I bring light into the lives of those around me?
A favorite children’s Christmas song asks “Do you hear what I hear?” These few days before Christmas day dawns, there is music everywhere – in the grocery store, piped into elevators, volume turned high for busy shoppers on the sidewalk. I love playing with a handbell choir at church and singing the songs of Christmas. Time around the piano with carols sung every year is one of our most special traditions, along with listening to all the Christmas classics. But I realize the danger in over familiarity. I want to listen to the words and thrill to the message of this music.
God, help me slow down
Help me be still enough to listen
for hallelujahs and joy to the world
for Singer and Song
for words that turn
announcing your coming
offering your promise
Help me to pay attention and be astonished
Give me your Song to sing