Gentleness Lately: Christmas & Closure

The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
the Lord has made them both.
— Proverbs 20:12

Just another tired mother of a newborn.

Just another dry and brittle Christmas tree.

Just another day.
But not just any day.

The buyers closed on our house today.

The one we remodeled with sweat and tears yet surprisingly lived in less than two years.

Jeff takes the ornaments off the tree

and a hundred pine needles fall

in an instant

what was fragile, barely there, has now

dropped to the ground with the slightest touch

and I think to myself; I am glad it is over.

We’ve handed the keys over. We’ve opened the Christmas presents.

We’ve brought the baby home from the hospital.

We’ve unpacked the boxes and settled in.

another chapter written in our story

2018 ends

and 2019 begins

and I will close my eyes at night or during my newborn’s nap

and they will open again at dawn’s golden glow or a baby’s hungry cry

My journal will open again to a blank page. I will make my list of manna moments;

ways God has sustained and refreshed me, ways He provided or comforted.

I will open my eyes to see the sacred in the ordinary and the miracles of each moment

A new year begins.

And it is a new season for my little family.

We made it through a transition stage, transitioning to a new home and from a family of three to a family of four. And though times are always changing and transition is always happening in some way, it’s nice to notice a clear kind of closure.

Did you know the third stage of labor is referred to as transition?

And it is often the most difficult stage.

Transitions, oh how they can stretch us! Literally ha.

But then, after the labor, we hold gifts of miraculous growth like a newborn baby or lessons learned that we take with us to guide our future decisions with more wisdom.

And I find a gentleness in the sights and sounds of closure

like watching pine needles fall off the tree or finally holding my baby in my arms.

We’ve made it this far and now it’s time for something new.

The time has come to rest, or reset, or enjoy a new blessing.

What time has come for you? What season is ending or beginning?

May you find a gentleness in signs and symbols of both the comings and the closures.

Love and hope Christ,

Melissa Hirshburg

Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.
— Hosea 6:3 NIV