Friday, January 8, 2010

Ordinary Times


The accoutrements and decorations and tinsel and candles and packages attached to the holiday season are all taken down and put away. My house appears sparsely furnished and clutter-free.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

My faith tradition has a great term to describe this time of year: Ordinary Time.  It's the time between Christmas, specifically Epiphany, and lent, and is a time for simplicity and calm.

It's a time to just get on with things, to move back into those normal daily rhythms, and to actually experience that peace that is wished for on almost every holiday card printed by Hallmark.

I can snuggle in next to the fireplace simply enjoying the fire without making lists and checking them twice. It's too early to begin digging in the garden and too late to plant tulip bulbs.

I love this ordinary, peaceful time.

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