January 9, 2017
With the coming of longer days, this is the season we wake up to what it means to be disciples.
Thanks for naming the season like this, Erica. The absence of cultural expectations during this stretch forms quite a contrast to the fullness of Advent & Christmas.
I chuckled a bit when I saw Valentines Day displays at a local big-box store this weekend. The paper hearts and cheap candies seemed so trivial and fabricated - even more so than other years. After reading your thoughts here, I wonder if I reacted that way simply because of how robust Advent & Christmas were.
Your connection of "the coming of longer days and more light" with the ordinariness of discipleship resonates with me as well. In my part of the world, the light increases by only a couple minutes a day. I hardly notice the shift over the course of a week or two. That seems like a good metaphor for much of our daily, ongoing discipleship.
The time between Christmas and Easter(or what most high school students would say spring break) seems like an eternity. Being a high school student myself, I dread the time after Christmas. I mean the time of family gatherings, tree hunting, holiday music, and cookie decorating is over, who wouldn't dread it? But this article reminded me in this time of being a few weeks away from spring break, I do have something to look forward to, and no I'm not talking about spring break. In the Christian faith, no part of the year is ordinary, especially not this time. Easter is the time that our King comes to save, and we shall await that time with patience and with joy.
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