It’s the cracks that let the light get in

Bob Hatcher

Happy New Year!  May the year ahead be special for you, your family, Rabun County and for our nation.

The last days of a month or of a year are so special. They are times for reflection and for starting out on a new path.  I love beginnings. Beginnings of a new day are the very best.  Beginnings of a new month permit us to consider work on a fairly significant task.  Beginnings of a new year permit us to play with even bigger challenges.

Beginnings reach out to me and ask: what’s in store for the day ahead, the month ahead and the year ahead.  Each day is so special and so is each month and each year.

Our minister at the Saint James Episcopal Church, Stephen Hall, is always inspiring.  The twinkle in his gentle smile lights up the face of his congregation over and over again. Sometimes his smile says “I’m content.”  Other times it’s a Cheshire cat smile on his face that says “I know something.” And if our faces, in the congregation sitting before him, cannot be lit up by his favorite subject, the subject of love, we have missed the point of life.

The final line of Les Miserables encourages us to see God through love. “To love another person is to see the face of God” is how this great production ends. How powerful is this line!!

On December 20th, Stephen Hall quoted Leonard Cohen’s words:

Ring the bells that still can ring.

Forget your perfect offering.

There is a crack in everything.

That’s how the light gets in.

Each of us can begin each day, month or year seeking the answer to one question: how can I reach out to others or to just one specific person in love today, during the upcoming week or the year ahead?

We need not worry about how big an effect our love may have.  It may be just the right amount of light for a person needing love. So let it out over and over again, that love within you. And, again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Three of Randy Plausch’s rules for living put it this way:

#1: TIME IS FINITE. Time must be explicitly managed, like money.

#2: You can always change your plan, but only if you have a plan.  I’m a big believer in TO-DO lists.

#3: Ask yourself “Are you spending your time on the right things”?