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Feb 3·edited Feb 3Liked by Kristin Haakenson

Kristin, thank you so much for this beautiful weaving of tradition and truth-centering. What a rich and deep celebration is Candlemas. The printables are lovely, especially the tags and prayer of Simeon.

The reminders you offered about having the right frame of mind about this season--as a Christian and a consumer--really resonated, especially these lines,

"the way I engage with the world around me affects the way I engage with God - if I foster the illusion of being independent of the weather and the world, I tend to foster an illusion of independence from Christ."

I appreciated your metaphors and whisper of ideas to look at the world differently, God's creation speaking at every turn. He is indeed 'speaking'--The spring peepers are noisy around here, and seem to be very early this year. It makes me happy to hear them.

Such a hope we have, God's promise of renewal, the same every year yet new each time.

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Beautifully written. Thank you.

It's wonderful to remember that control, especially of nature, is an illusion: theater for the sake of comfort. I have a hard time with this one.

Your writing suggesting the connection between the inner life and the natural world also rang true. For me, this line struck the clearest:

"Come summertime, the hedgerows will be bursting with life, and sheltering foraging birds and their nests - but, for now, we see a glimpse of this future verdant activity. It makes me wonder what drab things in my heart, the obstacles that seem insurmountable, will someday give way - whether circumstantially, or whether through a change of perspective."

It makes me wonder what lessons I might receive if I made the time and left myself vulnerable enough to 'consider the lilies.'

Again, thank you.

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This is delightful! I especially loved seeing images of Candlemas I've never seen before.

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Beautiful essay Kristin -- so much information here and beautiful fine art and illustration. I adore your doves. Apologies for my absence here, friend. I've been in a deep-dive researching an ancestor and re-focusing my 'stack. Though, St. Matthias and his ax *might* resurface toward the end of the month.

Have I ever told you my great-grandfather was struck by lightning? In fact, he was. As a result our family has always been rather respectful of nature's power (and fury). Your snowdrops remind me of a photo I have of Karl Kuerner (subject of many of American artist Andrew Wyeth's paintings) kneeling next to his spring house to enjoy the emerging blooms. Karl was a large, stern German -- not the sort of man one would imagine dropping to one knee to enjoy Candlemas Bells. I just adore the image. ♡

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I love the turtledoves! And this entire exploration. I was home alone for a power outage after a heavy snow. It was actually so blissfully quiet. The dogs wake up at 5:30 so it was still very dark. I made coffee on the stove and read by candle light feeling so blessed by this little reprieve from modernity.

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Feb 4Liked by Kristin Haakenson

Stunning nature writing throughout this post! I'm spotting Snowdrops at the moment and it brings me so much joy and anticipation of the shifting season.

My children are now used to me lighting a candle during breakfast prayers each morning and for dinner in the evening. A visual celebration of Jesus being the light of the world ( with the added benefit of creating a cosy atmosphere). Enjoyed learning more about Candlemas, and your February calendar is delightful x

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Feb 4Liked by Kristin Haakenson

As always- what a sheer delight. Thank you for this!

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The Nunc Dimittis is one of my favorite parts of our liturgy, but I hadn't really connected it to Candlemas. That's lovely to learn about. I enjoyed all of your reflections as always. It's sleeting snow here today, but we had sunshine this week and it was glorious!

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Beautiful post—and artwork! I just always love your paintings, they are so calming!

This though- “ the way I engage with the world around me affects the way I engage with God - if I foster the illusion of being independent of the weather and the world, I tend to foster an illusion of independence from Christ.” really hit me and gave me something to reflect and remember in times I find myself falling out of synch with the environment around me! 🤍 we must catch up soon sometime!

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Lovely piece, thanks. You have reminded me I really must pack away the nativity scene in my office now!

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