Closing of the Year

Tomorrow begins the season of Advent – the beginning of the church’s new liturgical year. That makes today a sort of New Year’s Eve. As we begin both a new year and – as we complete our journey through the two-year daily lectionary – a new phase of Comfort & Challenge, I thank you for the blessing of your company on these last seven hundred and thirty-five days.

New Year’s Eve is a time for looking both backward and forward. “The Closing of the Year” was introduced to the world 25 years ago as the opening song of the strange and beautiful movie Toys starring Robin Williams. This song performed by Wendy & Lisa captivated me then, and still speaks to me about how we can bring each other love and hope. I hope you enjoy it as I do.

Blessings to you in the closing of one year and the beginning of the next!

The Church’s One Foundation

And while we’re on the topic of foundations:

All The Pretty Things – Tenth Avenue North

Great song about the challenges of materialism. Enjoy!

God Is In The Roses

I was going through some old playlists, and rediscovered this beautiful song from Rosanne Cash. It reminded me of Friday’s post, Twists and Turns. Hope you enjoy.

Lemonade – Alex Boye’

Speaking of happiness and contentment, here’s a great song about embracing them where you are:

You can find the lyrics here.


10,000 Reasons: Christafari

Psalm 103 inspired Matt Redman to write 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord). Here’s a fun cover from Christafari. Enjoy!

African Children’s Choir – Lord I Lift Your Name On High

For Ascension Thursday, possibly the most joyous version of this song I’ve seen or heard. Enjoy!

Step by Step – Whitney Houston

This isn’t much specific to do with Advent, Christmas, or faith but I feel it goes with today’s reflection because it inspires me to get the simple things lined up.

Come Thou Font of Every Blessing – Sufjan Stevens

A beautiful, low-key performance of a classic Advent song.