Now that we have baked our cookies and trimmed our trees,
now that we have wrapped our gifts and planned our dinners,
now that we have hung stockings, sent greetings and set tables,
assembled toys, trimmed wicks, written Santa and hung wreaths,
the time has come to abandon it all,
if only for a moment.
Hallelujah « The Task at Hand.
Today on her blog, Linda Leinen posted her version of Hallelujah. The first stanza is at the top of this post. I find I must have missed it when she posted it in 2010 as A Hidden Hallelujah, I am glad I found it this year. To tell the truth, though it seems as if I’ve been reading the Task At Hand for ever…It was actually probably only after she posted this that I started following her regularly…
I am blessed to have actually spent the time to read the words as k.d. lang sang Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in the background.
I think the phrase that touched me most was…
Standing in stillness before her window,
Wisdom gazes toward the mystery of Christmas
And smiles at this truth – Christmas needs us not at all.
Since the timing of the arrival of this… I really had just finished baking six batches of cookies… really seemed… Mmmm… Synchronicity? Maybe… Follow one of the links and enjoy a Christmas Blessing…
- Leonard Cohen On “Hallelujah” (theilluminationdilemma.com)
- Hallelujah (shoreacres.wordpress.com)
- A Christmas Dinner Blessing (faithfulprovisions.com)