It just won't quit snowing! I was happy to have a white Christmas, but I wouldn't mind a couple of days without shoveling. I am spending much of my break catching up on things around home. The Christmas decorations are coming down, books are getting read, and of course plans are being made for church music in the coming weeks and months.
As I was digging through a pile of music, I came across the November issue of "The American Organist." (See what I mean about catching up?) One article was about a new retreat for organists that opened last year. Sometimes we all need a break and a bit of silence to find the core of our passion again, the driving purpose for what we do.
The article included the text of a hymn that spoke to me at this time of the year as I work among stacks of books and tubs of Christmas decorations:
Come and find the quiet center,
In the crowded life we lead.
Find the room for hope to enter,
Find the frame where we are freed:
Clear the chaos and the clutter,
Clear our eyes that we may see
All the things that really matter,
Be at peace and simply be.