Winter came early this year. The beautiful woods that hold us in intimate embrace over here in Oosterbeek, The Netherlands, were briefly dressed in pristine white splendour. I ventured outside early in the morning clutching my camera, eyes wide open with wonder, to catch some of that fragile beauty. This change of season marking the beginning of winter – yes, I also know of the inevitable discomforts – and the growing feeling of anticipation during Advent stir my sometimes buried sense of wonder. I wish you all an acute attack of wonder!!! As the inimitable Canadian poet and singer Leonard Cohen once put it: “There is a crack, a crack, in everything. That’s how the light gets in”.
May the light of Christ, fragile and powerless in Bethlehem, shine in your hearts!
There is, of course, plenty of misery, violence, cynicism in our contemporary world as well, and the feeling of powerlessness can be quite overwhelming. Relying on the almighty power of prayer requires deep faith and a quiet patience with God, with ourselves. The fate of Jerusalem (and of Christians in the Middle East in general) is a case in point. Psalm 122 comes to mind:
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
For the sake of my family and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord, our God,
I will seek your prosperity.
I wish all visitors to this website a truly Blessed Chrismas.
May peace reign in your hearts.
Together we pray for peace in the world.
(Fons Eppink, mhmcorrespondent and websmaster)