Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Wednesday Vignette - So Now Abide Faith, Hope, and Love.

These darkest days are a time of faith.  We believe earth will continue on it's orbit of the sun and the days will, once again, grow longer.  The Light's return is a time of hope for a new growing season and a bountiful harvest.  (But the greatest of these is love)  We celebrate with our friends and families, drawing near to home and hearth, deck the hall, and share love in a myriad of ways.   

Tomorrow is the winter solstice and Sunday is both Advent 4 and Christmas Eve.  May you find faith, hope and love in abundance in these dark and cold days.

"So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen,
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive,
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them 
Echoing behind us - Listen!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land;
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And so so we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule!"

-Susan Cooper 

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  1. Have a lovely holiday and thanks as always for a bit of cheer and inspiration early in the day.

  2. You are one of those special people who carry the message of Christmas all year long. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Winter solstice is when I celebrate (in my heart) the new year. Days will start getting longer and just knowing that makes me happy. Its a beautiful message you sent out to the world, and I wish it will come back to you ten fold.

  4. That's a wonderful photo, is it your church?

    1. Thanks. No, it's the old First Congregational Church Building near Wright Park. It was purchased by The Mars Hill Church and when that dissolved, the congregation decided to continue under a new name which has slipped my mind.

  5. Thank you for that opening sentence. At this time of year, when Christmas spirit evades me and grumpiness overtakes me, I need to remember that not everyone in the world is an ass. You and your blog are my Ghost of Christmas Present.

  6. A beautiful Christmas wish, Peter! I hope you and yours enjoy a wonderful holiday and that peace prevails in the new year.

  7. Oh dearest Peter ~ May your Christmas be filled with love, joy and peace. You spread Light and cheer throughout the year and I am ever thankful for that.

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

  8. Peace and blessings always, Peter. Thanks for sharing the Susan Cooper poem, it's a favorite.

  9. Thank you for this wonderful post, Peter! May you have a blessed Christmas! Best wishes for a Joyous New Year, too. :-)

  10. I am not familiar with this poem, but I like it very much. My Nordic spirit loves it.

  11. Happy solstice to you! I love the poem. Blessings to you and your and have a Merry Christmas!!!


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