Winter Song


This is me reminding myself. It’s Merry Christmas time, the time that some of us will spend days stacked on top of people who have our same history. If unforgiven hides, it rubs up in brushing elbows at the sink. It’s winter now. Christmas is finally here, and what we’ve waited for comes. We wake and give and open and fill up till we sleep, and then, next day, it’s still winter. We have the faith left over, what we don’t pack into a box for next year.

This is me reminding myself: God made the Winter Solstice, the season of gray listening to songs on repeat. He made the shining lights, the loud jollying family, and he made the after, the let down, the resolve for resolution.

My best work comes this time of year. This. I’m reminding myself. A brand new calendar. A life of Return. This season is only a launching pad. 

We, you and I, cannot forget to listen to good music after Christmas.  See you then, when the day gets longer, the skin more dry. We’ll talk of love.  

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8 Comments

brittney
Reply December 19, 2009

Sara Bareilles is one of my favorites.

Ann Voskamp
Reply December 19, 2009

oh you! stack on top of them and be jolly.

and yes, to remember, I'll try: there is joy after, much, too.

Corinne
Reply December 19, 2009

I'd never heard that song. I think it might be my new favorite. It just feels like snowflakes.

Elizabeth (@claritychaos)
Reply December 19, 2009

Oh, Amber. You are one of my favorite reads on the entire internet.

Dark days with songs on repeat. You're right, that those days are God-gifts, too.

I love your writing. Can't wait for more in the new year. Merry Christmas.

Adventures In Babywearing
Reply December 21, 2009

You know us all so well.

Steph

Jo@Mylestones
Reply December 23, 2009

This is perfect. And you are wonderful.
Merry Christmas, friend.

Faith Barista Bonnie
Reply December 26, 2009

Amber, what a winter song. Thanks.. enjoying this, as I soak up the afterglow of Christmas. I was thinking the same winter thoughts as I wrote my Christmas post last night. Here to wish you Merry Christmas, and hope you had a wonderful evening last night.

Kim
Reply December 27, 2009

Oh so very true. These long days of winter can seem so dark and lonely. It is always good to remember who gave us these days.

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