The first snow has fallen and the days are short and dark. We are settling into the reality of November. The days will keep getting shorter and shorter and colder until the longest night on December 21st. And with this march of days our longing for light will continue to grow. Imagine for a moment what it was like before electric lights. It's no wonder our forebears celebrated this season with Yule logs and candles.
I love how, as the days shorten, we turn inward. Each November, we are given the opportunity to ponder gratitude and consider all the goodness in our lives...I count the Highlands, my two kids: Will and Ada, my friends and family, hot Brazilian coffee,...once you start it is easy to keep going. I recently took part in the Facebook 5-Day Gratitude Challenge, posting three things for which I was grateful for each of five days. It is a worthwhile challenge on dark days. For what are you grateful?
If children are on your list, come to church on Sunday. Our new children's choir will sing. It will make you smile, I promise!