Merry Christmas!

Submitted by hci3-usr on Friday, December 25, 2015 - 09:52

Newtown, CT – December 25, 2015

Roll away your stone, I’ll roll away mine
Together we can see what we will find
Don’t leave me alone at this time
For I’m afraid of what I will discover inside

‘Cause you told me that I would find a hole
Within the fragile substance of my soul
And I have filled this void with things unreal
And all the while my character it steals

The darkness is a harsh term don’t you think?
And yet it dominates the things I see

It seems that all my bridges have been burned
But you say that’s exactly how this grace thing works
It’s not the long walk home that will change this heart
But the welcome I receive with the restart

The darkness is a harsh term don’t you think?
And yet it dominates the things I see
Stars hide your fires
These here are my desires
And I will give them up to you this time around

And so, I’ll be found
With my stake stuck in this ground
Marking the territory of this newly impassioned soul
But you, you’ve gone too far this time
You have neither reason nor rhyme
With which to take this soul that is so rightfully mine

What this means to you – Marcus Mumford, the lead singer-songwriter of the band named after him, never talks about the meaning of his lyrics more than to say they capture a moment and feelings, leaving it to everyone and anyone to interpret them in a way that makes personal sense rather than forced sense. At a time of the year when it’s appropriate to reflect not just on what was and what could have been, but what can be, Marcus’ words carry a yearning and a warning. The balance between good and evil, doing right by others or simply by oneself, filling emptiness with something tangible or ephemeral, holding on to lies or letting go to grasp the truth. It’s a tough act that we play out daily, succeeding sometimes, failing many times. But that’s exactly how this grace thing works, changing our hearts with every restart, marking the territory of our newly impassioned soul. Faith is what keeps us hoping and going, and so I wish your soul be filled with it on this blessed day of Christmas.

Sincerely,
Francois Sig

Francois de Brantes
Executive Director

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