Ponderous, Pondering

 

Tempus fugit.

Tempus fugit.

By Lisa Huddleston

 

Ponderous

Pondering

Heavy and fraught with

Meaning

 

The final seconds of

The final minutes of

The final hours of

The final day of

This year

Tick off and

Away

 

Well spent or

Wasted

Meaning full or

Lost

 

Either way

Time is spent

Never to be

Recovered

 

Tomorrow begins a

New Year

The first seconds of

The first minutes of

The first hour of

The first day

 

Still ponderous and

Pondering and

Full of meaning or

Not

 

And the weight of

Hope is the

Heaviest weight of all

 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot and

Never brought to mind

Should auld acquaintance be forgot and

Days of auld lang syne

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GATHERING GRACE

By Lisa Huddleston

‘Twas almost the night before Christmas

And all through the house

Were mumblings and grumblings—

But not from my spouse!

It’s nearly here. I know—no, those multiple parties and gifting occasions you have already hosted and attended and cleaned for and cleaned up from do not count. There is still THE day to come, and yes, you do have to do it all at least one. more. time.

Okay, I promise that I start this season every year with true and righteous intentions to simplify the crazy, to keep my soul stress free, and to be a jolly old elf all month long. However, by the day before Christmas Eve, we have work-partied and family-partied and church-partied, and I am simply partied out. The thought of cooking even one more casserole or attending one more Christmassy event nearly does me in!

Chuck making his famous peppermint ice cream!

Chuck making his famous peppermint ice cream!

But my dear husband loves it all and I am his chosen companion so by December 23 I am just not as twinkly as I planned, hoped, and really really strived to be. Boo and bah humbug!

 

Thankfully God does not leave me alone in my depression and Scrooginess and has been working hard to impress on my thoughts a great truth which shall be good news for all people:

“God’s grace is sufficient for this day!”

I know this is a truth that all good little Christians know—but knowing is not always knowing, so here are a few of the thoughts I have been mulling over in my pre-post-pre-post-party daze:

  • Like manna, God’s grace is there for us every morning.
  • It is enough for whatever the day holds.
  • We can’t store it up for tomorrow.
  • It is our daily responsibility to gather the grace we need.
  • We need to eat it, digest it, and use it.

Ponder that. Not new. Not especially deep. But deeply satisfying.

Hope you are hanging in there like the holly and the ivy and gathering enough grace to make it through whatever is on your list today. You’re almost there …

Merry Christmas! (Really. I mean it.)