Prevette Report Christmas 2006
Bill and Ky Prevette
Serving with AGWM in Bucharest, Romania
Seasons Greetings from the Prevette Family in Bucharest
Winter can be a demanding season here in Romania, not everyone appreciates it. Parker Palmer, in his wonderful little book Let Your Life Speak, says that not everyone can appreciate the discipline that winter offers. This is our fifth winter and Christmas in Bucharest, we have become acclimatized to Eastern European winters.
We took this photo about two blocks from Daniel’s school, I told our family that most years we are standing by a Christmas tree in a nice warm house – this year I wanted to send something to all our friends that said: ‘yes, we live in Bucharest and we hope you have a great Christmas where you live.’
We have yet to receive our first winter snow but the trees are bare and the city is grey and cold. I am reminded by Palmer that despite the apparent dormancy of living things like the trees and grass, nature is not dead in the winter – it has gone underground to prepare itself for renewal and new life that will come forth next spring. Winter brings a time of clarity, it means taking time to appreciate the events of the year that has passed, remembering in the stillness offered by cold winter days that we often to do not realize how close God is to each of us, as close as our breath.
There is of course an important event we celebrate in winter, the coming of God in Christ to earth as both child and King. Jesus came to bring life and to bring it in abundance, something we do well to remember when we are faced with the challenges of living in a broken world. This week, Ky and I read something in our Advent guide that we wanted to share with you, we trust that you will draw strength from God’s initiative towards you and your loved ones.
Christmas Touches the Whole of Creation
Somehow I realized that songs, music, good feelings, beautiful liturgies, nice presents, big dinners, and many sweet words do not make Christmas. Christmas is saying “yes” to something beyond all emotions and feelings. Christmas is saying “yes” to a hope based on God’s initiative, which has nothing to do with what I think or feel. Christmas is believing that the salvation of the world is God’s work and not mine. Things will never look just right or feel just right. If they did, someone would be lying. But it is into this broken world that a child is born who is called Son of the Most High, Prince of Peace, Savior.
– Henry J.M. Nouwen, The Road to Daybreak