Friday, December 19, 2008

The Longest Night of the Year (Mary Chapin Carpenter)

How funny - I just posted an MCC song over at Star Maker Machine (see P.S. below... :-)

Doing the headless chicken routine here at the OK Corral - attempting to get out of town for our annual family holiday vacation. Lots of driving but worth every mile - I must finish packing... but here are a few tidbits to tide you over until my return Sunday, December 28...

Happy Holidays to all - wishing you peace, in all its various incarnations, locally to globally...

P.S. Another SMM...

The pines look black in the half-
light of dawn. Stillness...

While we slept an inch of new snow
simplified the field. Today of all days
the sun will shine no more
than is strictly necessary.

At the village church last night
the boys - shepherds and wise men -
pressed close to the manger in obedience,
wishing only for time to pass;

but the girl dressed as Mary trembled
as she leaned over the pungent hay,
and like the mother of Christ
wondered why she had been chosen.

After the pageant, a ruckus of cards,
presents, and homemade Christmas sweets.
A few of us stayed to clear the bright
scraps and ribbons from the pews,
and lift the pulpit back in place.

When I opened the hundred-year-old Bible
to Luke's account of the Epiphany
black dust from the binding rubbed off
on my hands, and on the altar cloth.

QUOTE: "Now, near the Winter Solstice, it is good to light candles. All the nice meanings of bringing light to the world can be beautiful. But perhaps we are concentrating on lighting the world because we don't know how to light up our own lives." ~ Ralph Levy


  1. Brightest Yuletide Blessings to you and yours, dear friend! See you in the New Year.


  2. Hey, M ~

    I'm managing sporadic e-mail checks along our journey, and just came across this - bright blessings to you and your family as well, during this holiday season and always... <3