happy new year

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Last season’s fruit is eaten

And the fullfed beast shall kick the empty pail.

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language

And next year’s words await another voice.

T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding, The Four Quartets

A year’s end, particularly hard won

Its lessons etched in memory – some broad and universal, some personal and sacred – the very best of all were both

Its miracles witnessed – their testimonies sanctified in the sharing

Its victories celebrated – in gratitude and in glory

Its gifts were life changing – community, friendship, understanding

Its losses were mourned – the world touched and forever changed by those who walked with us for far too short a time

Its wars raged on – on battlefields across oceans, and in hearts closer to home 

It saw insecurity and hate eclipse compassion and reason       

But still we leave it stronger, better, more hopeful.

If this past year didn’t kill us, damn near nothing will.

We can take on whatever comes next.

And we know we have each other’s backs

So, um. You first.

‘Cause honestly? I need a nap.

Happy New Year, my lovelies. May it be everything you hope for.

Stay tuned for more info on how to win (or join a whole gaggle of us for) dinner with John Robison 

(and p.s. if it’s in color above please click on it – these damn links don’t, um, well ‘link’ themselves you know)

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9 thoughts on “happy new year

  1. *swallowing the lump in my throat*

    Thank you, Jess. It was a indeed a tough year, but I agree with Kristen – reading your inspiring words this past year has been a highpoint for me as well. And you’re right – we are stronger, better, more hopeful, and we can certainly handle whatever happens next! Cheers!

  2. Thanks Jess. I think God must love me a lot to bless me with friends like you to share this journey. Happy New Year Jess, Luau, Katie and Brooke~

  3. “And the fullfilled beast shall kick the empty pail.”

    Or the front door, in my case.

    Can’t wait to take a leisurely stroll through all your colorful links when I get a minute.

    This JER thing is just too fun for words. It has been so good to get to know you this year. Looking forward to meeting you in the flesh in 2009!

  4. Oh, don’t you always have EXACTLY the perfect quotes (and the right links) for the occasion!

    Huge hugs, and enjoy that nap… (you did take one, right?)

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