As planned, Jeff and I had a lovely Christmas spent with family and friends. While some days were filled with visiting and activity, we also managed to find a few days of quiet for which we’ve been most thankful. I’ve been sick the past week and that has resulted in our traditional Christmas letter/slideshow morphing into a New Year greeting this year. We hope you enjoy this little glimpse into our lives in 2012 and we wish you hope, love, peace and joy in 2013.
We have arrived at the last day of our 36 days of Christmas music!
Today’s music is not so much about Christmas as it is about leading us into the new year ahead. I feel that 2012 holds a lot of uncertainty for me- uncertainty about how I’m going to pull my thesis together, uncertainty about what I’m going to do after graduation, uncertainty about what will be the right steps to take for an as-yet-unknown next phase in my life. Uncertainty is not something I do well, I’m afraid. I like to have a clear idea of where I’m going and an even clearer plan of how to get there. I have a feeling that 2012 is going to teach me a few more lessons about simply enjoying each day as it comes.
On April 28 last year, I stayed up all night, glued to the TV. I will freely admit that I enjoyed every minute of watching the Royal Wedding- the hats, the dresses, the pomp and the circumstance. But the best moment for me, by far, was the choral piece that John Rutter wrote for this occasion (click here to read the lyrics). This setting of “This is the day that the Lord has made” is my very favourite piece of new music I encountered in 2011. I think it also is a wonderful message to hold tight as we move forward into 2012.