This season is a profound holiday here at the farm.
During this time we are often welcomed by cold brightness but…
wrapped in a cozy, white blanket as well.
Winter sculpts a glorious crystal scene in the back yard. What a gift and…
our holiday walks share a few obstacles caused by the ice and the cold…wonderful reminders…
that there is light at the end of every tunnel.
Once again the view will be clear.
The darkest, shortest day is also the beginning of the light.
This is why we love this time of year, not chasing the trees and lights and decorations and presents, but seeking the deepest meaning of this spirit. The end is always the birth of dawn.
I quote from the precious book Winter’s Solstice:
There is a moment of silence that occurs every year, somewhere between the dawn of Christmas and the setting sun on Christmas day itself. – a moment we have all experienced once in our lives, maybe more than once. It can silence a great city, London or New York, and it can bring stillness to our hearts, whoever and wherever we may be. It offers the promise of new beginnings, of the clean slate of a new year, and it incorporates the breathless expectancy of Christmas night itself, when a familiar figure enters our lives and changes them briefly.
Merri and I are missing snow today but feel the joy of this time of year and hope that in this solstice season you receive the gift of inner silence and joy. We wish wish this for each of you, our friends… be filled with inner joy and peace.
P.S. Last night a reader sent this blessed gift to Merri, me and the rose growers in Ecuador.
Merri and Gary, Merry Christmas, I am in tears here looking at my wife’s Ecuadorian Roses. I thank you for presenting this opportunity to help those of LOTS and also bring me to bring these roses to my wife. We are close to destitute these days from circumstances and we will have a very spartan Christmas, however these well received roses have brought a peaceful beauty and scents of love into our house. I thank the Ecuadorians for their care with these roses and am grateful to you for facilitating a major portion of my purchase to help those there in need more than me. Again thank you Gary & Merri, for all the good you do. “May the wind be always at your back and may the Lord hold you in the hollow of his hand” Merry Christmas, with love and appreciation”
Merri and I thank all of you for ordering roses in the holidays. The New Year’s orders saw 1,800 more rose sales and added $720 to the Land of the Sun Foundation donations. This and the Christmas promotion added up to 10,850 roses sold and resulted in $4,300 for LOTS donations.
Earlier promotions in the year developed 5,050 rose sales and $2,020 to LOTS.
In all during 2008 we sold almost 16,000 roses and raised $6,500 to help the poor in Ecuador.
Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing 2008 with us.