Jan. 8, 2013 — The New Year is here, 2013, a date that once sounded impossibly futuristic. We passed the ending of the Mayan calendar, and the sun rose in the morning, and the world is still spinning on its axis. Many of us are coming down from the holiday sugar rush caused by rich candy, frosted cookies and spicy Christmas drinks.
Whether our holidays have been merry, sad or practically nonexistent, most of us are glad they’re over. A kind of collective sigh settles over everything.
For the past few years my holidays have been growing smaller, with New Year’s Eve sort of the anticlimax of it all.
Dec. 26, 2012 — Thoughts of a Merry Christmas were in full swing a few weeks ago. Susanville had celebrated its Uptown Magical Country Christmas, tickets were selling for the Susanville City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, and local churches were celebrating the Advent season. Unfortunately, all of that was interrupted on Friday, Dec. 14, when news of the Connecticut shootings hit the airwaves and in the course of a few minutes, the “merry” had left our Christmas season.
I’ve been involved with the good, the bad, and the ugly of people’s lives for decades doing church ministry. I’ve not always had answers, but trusted what God said, “He is our refuge and strength, an ever present-help in times of trouble” (Psalms 46:1). As a Christian, I can’t help but think about God’s offer of peace; in our pluralistic world it may not be the answer for everyone, but it’s worth considering.