Advent 2022: Saturday, December 3

December 3, 2022

The Quietness of Winter

A few years back my family and I went looking for a Christmas tree. Among the consistent appraisal and discussion of the trees; there came an opportunity for a rest. So, like any Colorado kids I leapt back and was swept into the sweet embrace of the freshly fallen snow. The green of the trees contrasted by the unsullied white flakes falling from the muddied gray sky brought me a realization. “Wow, it’s quiet!” (Heck of an epiphany I know). The blanket of silence enveloped me. At the time I didn’t think much of it. But that moment stuck with me. It's necessary to stop and think or not think, I certainly find the latter easier. Being present with God is something I never do enough. C.S Lewis said it best “For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity. Of the present moment, and of it only, humans have an experience analogous to the experience which God has of reality as a whole; in it alone freedom and actuality are offered them.”  

Whether it's joyous gatherings or in the silence of falling snow, take advantage of the gift God gave us… The present! Ba dum tss 

Arel Svenson, tech guru