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From the Publisher | December 26, 2019

What I like in January

Photo by Wolfgang Dietz

It would be easy to make a list of the things that annoy during this time of year. But the world has enough complaining, so I’m looking beyond that. What I like in January:

  • A new calendar.
  • The intrigue of a year named for perfect vision.
  • The optimism of resolutions.
  • Lengthening days.
  • Electricity, hot water, and indoor plumbing.
  • Stocking feet by the fireplace.
  • Heated seats.
  • Homemade soup with family and friends.
  • A pile of books and a down blanket.
  • The right coat for the weather.
  • Fresh snow when the sky is blue.
  • Icicles afire in the morning sun.
  • The flash of a red cardinal.
  • The silence of soil and seeds in fallow time.
  • A holiday dedicated to peace, justice, and the righting of racial wrongs.
  • The gospel story of mysterious visitors from afar, evidence that God’s gift reaches beyond what we expect.
  • The season of Epiphany, of light in the darkness and the manifestation of God to the whole world.
  • Wendy McFadden


    Wendy McFadden is publisher of Brethren Press and Communications for the Church of the Brethren.

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