Sunrise, sunset

Sorry I have not been around. It has been the holiday of sickness at our house! I hope that everyone has had peaceful and happy times, and healthy ones as well.

This post over at Inward/Outward got me thinking about this past year. As I am still not 100% healthy, my head is a bit clogged, both literally and figuratively, but I am thinking about this past year and what it has brought. I am also thinking about how the questions are often more important than the answers.

Where will the road lead us?

At 55, I am sharply aware that each year seems to blow by ever more quickly. And I am also sharply aware that God invites me to slow down and be more aware. Those questions, you know. They matter. We tend to answer quickly, but the formation of questions and the pondering of them – that is a slower thing.

It has been a year marked by many things in our household, both good and bad. This is the stuff of life, good and bad. The elusive dream of that perfect life faded long ago for me. In its place, the real life – filled with glorious imperfection.

As I write this, the song Sunrise, Sunset comes to mind, from the musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Time is a funny thing, isn’t it? I did not mean to pose that as a question, but that is how it came out. In any case, this song is sung at a wedding, talking about children, marriage, years that fly swiftly by… which is why it came to mind.

What marked your year? Perhaps you will tell us in the comments, perhaps you will simply ponder. Maybe you will ask some questions, of us or of others!

In any event, I thank everyone who has read this blog and welcome those who will read it. 2012 has been one adventure, 2013 will read another. Peace, good, heath, happiness and love to all!

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  1. Sue K.

    I would have to say that what marked 2012 for me was the tragic death of my friends’ daughter in an accident this month. I have thought of nearly nothing else for weeks, hurting for them, praying for them, and loving them. However, I don’t want that tragedy to define my year. The pain will always be there–I can’t just push it aside. But I can move it ever so slightly and look around it to see that my year also held other sadness and pain, but it was filled with good things, too. I spend two days a week with my 2-year-old grandson and he makes me laugh. I have formed and developed beautiful friendships that will be there for years to come. My parents are both still healthy and active. My youngest child graduated high school! My son found a new love after a hurtful broken engagement. My daughter-in-law and son are expecting again and I’ll get to be “Nana” to a new beautiful life in 2013. One of my sons finally found a job in his field after graduating college 2 years ago.

    While the tragic accident that has been so present on my mind may feel like it is what marks my year, I want to make sure that gratitude to God for ever so many blessings is what DOES mark my year.

    Thanks for a great time of thought and reflection as we end 2012!!