Looking out the window this morning at a nasty
mix of winter precipitation I was sorely tempted to stay home from church but
having promised to go early with Nick and take down the Advent “swoosh” and
other Advent decorations, and having been offered a lift I decided I should
make the effort.
  After spending half an hour or so dragging
around the step-ladder and forcing out staple gun staples with a screw driver,
everything looked a bit bare but tidy and there was still time to heat up a pot
with the leftover cocoa from Christmas Eve. As it got closer to 1030 am it
appeared likely we would have a small congregation, a VERY small congregation.
In fact there were six of us in total, including Nick so I was doubly glad to
be there in order to swell the “throng”.
  Music was provided by You Tube, which was just
as well since the singing was a bit sparse but the Gathering was thoughtful and
prayerful and I was thankful to spend the last Sunday morning of 2015 in that
space.
 I was also grateful to receive a ride home and
to eat my packed lunch snuggled on the sofa with Wil.
  The afternoon has been filled with shovelling
and scraping ice off the car I’m “minding” for a friend who is in the UK for
two weeks. With a forecast of a big storm coming Tuesday I need to be watchful
and ready to move the car if the snow removal signs are posted on our street.
 Since coming back in the house I have been
beavering away at my Thank You notes list. Some people dread writing such notes
but for me it is a time when I can express a whole lot of heartfelt thankfulness
to all those who have gifted me at Christmas and whose lives have made a real
impact in my life throughout the past year.
  Did I feel as if I was able to carry the
light of Christmas forward today? Certainly not while slogging through icy
streets with Wil, nor while shovelling or scraping ice, but YES! while the
Christ Candle burned bright on the mantelpiece and while I composed note after
note to so many thoughtful friends who took the time to find just the right
gifts for me this Christmas.

 I am SO blessed and I will continue to try and hold onto
the promise found in the Gospel of John, whose Feast we celebrate today.