From a lofty and inspiring synagogue worship service on Friday night, at which we formally installed our new rabbi, to a nitty-gritty and inspiring day-long strategic planning retreat at church on Saturday.
From reading The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, about utter injustice, violence, and racism, to reading Love burning in the soul : the story of the Christian mystics, from Saint Paul to Thomas Merton, about heavenly love, mercy, and peace.
From having all three kids around at all hours, which was wonderful and challenging, to no kids around at all during the day, which is wonderful and challenging.
From the scurry and bustle of baking-planning-buying-wrapping-eating-traveling for Christmas, to the gloom and drear of taking down the lights, putting the paper chain away in the attic, and needing to get rid of the effect of all those cookies and pies.
I’m fine, but I might have my head on backwards for a while. Also, I will sit on the couch wrapped in a blanket for a while. Call me when it warms up.
And you? How is the year proceeding for you so far?
|Not just snow, but colder than cold. |
Must keep in mind that the
arrival of this wintry stuff does not negate
the arrival depicted in the scenes below.
(The four photos above are of my sister-in-law's
nativity scenes made in Central America.)