Today has been highly anticipated for many days.
Yes, the snow is thawing.
Yes, both boys are back to school.
Yes, I have a chance to push through a large portion of some remaining contractual writing work.
Yes, we are finding all the items lost in the snow….
but really, the best part (according to my eldest)
is that TODAY—-
he opened up the compartment in his LEGO Advent Calendar
with the Astronaut Angel.
Life can now go on.
Yes, I ended up folding and buying a LEGO Advent Calendar.
Yes, it has been used as bribery to keep my oldest in bed every night (and it has worked for thirteen blessed days).
And yes, an astronaut angel is rather sacrilegious.
But, there was much rejoicing today.
Mr. Astronaut Angel took his place among the candles and sweet rolls this morning as we celebrated St. Lucia’s or St Lucy’s Day. I talked about it a bit last year as we celebrated it for the first time. I love the focus on bringing light in what we do, the way St Lucia did so with her life. I love that its celebrated during the shortest and darkest days of the year, right before the solstice. And…I love that it involves sweet rolls (we just did premade Trader Joes cinnamon rolls). Who doesn’t like a candlelight, pastry breakfast?!??! (besides my husband)
As things thaw, as light pushes through the heavy clouds, melting the snow that has kept us in place for days, I am so grateful. I am thankful for friends that push me out of fearful, dark places and remind me that the True Light will illuminate the next steps. I am thankful for the opportunity God gives us to be a light. God is God after all. God could have done all the shining himself. But we are called to be like St. Lucia and to be a light too, to help excavate when the thaw happens around and in us.
So yes, big things happened today….
one was even laughable—an astronaut angel.
But when the joy and light is palpable around us, it starts to feel God-given.
“The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined.
For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
~Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7
“We sometimes choose the most locked up, dark versions of the story, but what a good friend does is turn on the lights, open the window, and remind us that there are a whole lot of ways to tell the same story.”
― Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way