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Never Go Back!


No, I don’t want to go back!
I don’t want to revisit the old normal.
Surely as we move from 2020
to a new year, we’ll create a better normal.

This is my prayer this Christmas:
Lord, help us learn what You
have in mind for us to learn
from this rare year we’ve just survived.

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Letter from a Wordsmith

With his permission, I am sharing with you the first part of a Christmas letter I received this week from my former pastor, Rev. Brent Mitchell. He is a master wordsmith! He said what’s in my heart so much better than I could have said it.

“Mark it how you will,
2020 was a year not lost,
but forever to be remembered
for both its absences
and its unexpected gifts.

By the middle of March,
it became apparent that
what we thought as normalcy
had left its predictable confines
for parts unknown,
leaving no forwarding address.

Masked and gloved,
we were left to fend for ourselves
absent even the comfort
of shaking hands
or intimate conversations,
the communion around tables,
camaraderie of birthdays celebrated,
the sacred closeness of hospital visits.

Absent of the humanizing connectivity,
of those familiar and holy intersections,
we were left to laugh alone,
to cry alone,
and hope in seclusion.
It cost us treasures we never knew
were so valuable
and time that cannot be recalled.

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“But admit it:
There were unexpected gifts.
There were letters we finally wrote,
the books we never touched until now,
the prolonged stillness that allowed us to think again,
and listen to what our hearts were saying.

We talked to God
because the hours got quiet enough
to hear His still small voice.
It happened because we watched enough TV
to realize we had watched TV enough,
and golden silence gave us gifts
that weren’t insipid.

“I think, in short, that if we were paying attention,
not only did we get older,
but almost certainly wiser
because even a painful awareness
of what lurks in our hearts and minds
is worth more than gold.

The gift was rediscovering
at a visceral level
that we really are never alone;
nor in the absence of everyone,
are we left unloved.

“My prayer is that when this is over,
and it will one day be over,
we won’t forget the things we learned
the hard way this year:
that God willing,
we’ll never go back
to the tired normalcy of endless distractions,
of busyness as usual,
and the noise that never ends.”

The Mitchell Musings
December 2020
Peace to you.
Good Night, my friends.
Have a wonderful Christmas Eve Day.

Thanks for visiting JanBeek.
I leave with you my hopes and wishes
for a most Blessed Christmas.

Comments on: "Never Go Back!" (14)

  1. It really was a tumultuous year but we do have lots to learn from it and we indeed should. It gave us so much time to think and react in the best possible way.
    Happy Christmas eve Jan🎄🎄🎄❤️❤️❤️
    Hope your Christmas will be full of fun and love. 😊 Stay safe, take care.

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    • Thank you, {{{Samreen}}} – – – I am blessed to have my husband and best friend with me on Christmas Day, so I will not be alone. It is the first Christmas when it will be just the two of us. Hard to just hunker down, but we are doing our part to try and curb the spread of this virus. You beeeee well. ❤

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      • You are so welcome Jan, lovely to hear that you are with your most closed ones this Christmas, it is hard of course but for the better🤗❤️ We do should try to do our part indeed 🥰
        Have a Merry time this Christmas Jan, lots of love and hugs ❤️❤️🤗🤗 Take care 😊

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  2. I really enjoyed Brent’s poem. I, too, hope we don’t go back to the way things were. We certainly won’t take hugs and kisses for granted any more! I always insist on hugs when I see my boys. I need ’em!!! Merry Christmas, ma! What are you doing tonight and tomorrow?

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    • We went to our Christmas Eve service at church tonight. Had our pastor, Steve, and his wife, Elaine, over this afternoon for an early dinner. They are such good friends. We are blessed to have them in our lives. After church we spent some time with the Feldmans. ❤ ❤ Tomorrow it is just us and God. Merry Christmas! ❤

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      • Sounds like you had a very nice Christmas Eve! I hope we get a chance to chat today! Merry Christmas Day! I love you both soooooo much!!! Thank you sooooooooOOOOOO much for my coat! It fits perfectly and I love it!!! Yay! What a wonderful sweater for André ! He hasn’t tried it on yet but will! ⭐🎅🤶🥰🎄❤️😘

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      • Yay, we are soooo glad yours fits. We pray his does, too. ❤ Merry Christmas, Sweetheart! ❤

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  3. What a wonderful message! We have so much to appreciate and be thankful for. xx

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  4. Fran McNeill said:

    Beautiful and so true!

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  5. I like this blog so much, I want to reblog it! 🙂

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  6. Reblogged this on AuntyUta and commented:
    “. . . as we move from 2020
    to a new year, we’ll create a better normal. . .”

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