Intern Minister's Messages
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Beautiful February Light
This sparkling winter day brings to mind many a breakfast with my mother over the past few years. I would stay with her in Lexington when I had an early class the next day at Andover Newton. Every February, she would comment on the quality of the morning sunlight as it slanted through the window over the sink and onto her kitchen table. “It’s not like the cool, thin light of January,” she would say. “February light is beautiful—warm and steady."
Warm and steady.
I invite us this Valentine’s Day (and week and month) to think about what feels warm and steady in our lives. Ordinary things may come to mind—the warmth of a mug of coffee or a teapot, the warmth in each other’s eyes or the warmth of coming indoors on a cold day. We might think of a steady routine, something we do every day, that gives our lives shape, or the steadiness of someone’s presence in our lives—someone we see or hear from regularly or maybe the check-out person at the grocery store. We might appreciate how Mother Nature’s steady ways help us feel grounded.
How does appreciating the warmth and steadiness in our lives inspire us in our relationships? We can live from the heart during this Valentine’s season by offering a bit of warm, steady caring. Whom do you know who could use a smile today? A friendly call? A “here if you need me” message?
May February’s beautiful light remind us of what feels warm and steady in our lives. May it also inspire us to look around and see where we can open our hearts a bit wider and offer a steadying hand.
Betsy Tabor is UUCR’s Intern Minister.