I would be remiss not to mention that some pagan groups (Wiccans and the like) apparently take part in a Yule log ceremony at the winter solstice. They seem to view it as a time to welcome back the sun. I prefer to use it as an opportunity to welcome the Son. So here’s what I propose:

In this faster-is-better, hurry-up-I-haven’t-got-all-minute microwave world of ours, it can’t hurt to stop and smell the…log…along the way. So throw one on the fire—or “log” on (pun intended) to one of the virtual fireplaces available online—and set aside an hour or so to reflect on the past year: Celebrate your successes. Mourn your losses. Both are deserving of attention, but don’t give in to the temptation to wallow in either the bitter or the sweet. That’s the beauty of the Yule log; it doesn’t last forever, so you have to make the most of the time you have.

Contemplate how far you’ve come: spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and financially. Thank God for His many blessings over the last twelve months. Talk to Him about your goals for the coming year; if you don’t have any, ask Him to give you some. You might even want to make a list of your goals and revisit them next year. 

You can do this as a group activity with friends or family or keep it as a private party for just you and God. However you choose to go about it, as one year draws to a close and a new one begins, I invite you to join me in setting aside some time to ponder and pray about the past, present, and future. Addition of a Yule log (wood, virtual, or chocolate) is optional but recommended.

Susan Ellingburg is a natural-born Texan who sings at every opportunity, reads as much as possible, and cherishes every day she gets to spend with friends. She's a serious foodie and not-so-serious gardener who is determined not to let being single stand in the way of living an amazing life. Read Susan's blog at TastingGod.wordpress.com.

Publication date: December 18, 2012

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