Sunday, January 11, 2009

empty spaces...

... well, I did it. I took down the decorations, put away the tree and now my house seems empty and joyless. With all the greenery off the porch the house looks almost abandoned from the exterior. The lights aren't sparkling in the window and the smell of pine is gone. It just looks stark and cold. Winter.

I long for the delicate buds of color dotting the trees that announce the arrival of spring. The longer days of warm sunlight.

With the decorations boxed away you really notice the contrast of the season. You get used to twinkling lights, shiny ornaments and bright red Christmas flowers. When its gone you feel the absence of joy.

Christ is that joy, that light that illumines the season.

Then its gone.

This is the part of winter that makes you long for that light again, the new life of Spring and the heralding of Easter.



Fr. Daren J. Zehnle said...

I'm with you. I despise winter.

Angela M. said...

Be glad you don't live up where I do.

Jenny Z said...

Aaw but Kat, you could have gone to Mass with me this evening. This church still had the Christmas decorations up, including a Christmas Tree made of Poinsettas, a HUGE Advent Wreath, and velvet banners with scenes of the nativity! They even put the Precious Blood in glass wine glasses, so it felt like a Christmas Party! (I'm totally being sarcastic, and I just got home, so I'm still a bit traumatized.)

Cath said...

Very beautifully and thoughtfully put, CC. I never looked at it that way. Thank you.

Mimi said...

Lent is definitely coming!

Fr Longenecker said... guys should try living in England. Cold damp raining sideways drizzling when its not, and because its so far North its dark dark dark.