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Tales of Fantasy, Mystery and Adventure Under the Influence of Christian Homeschooling

S. A. J. Lyttek, a multiple award-winning writer, always loved writing, but didn’t arrive at the profession in the typical manner. After college and graduate school, she plunged into government consulting. In this environment, she discovered a knack for writing tests, interviews and other measurements. That soon became the focus of her career—reigniting her love for the written word. Thus captivated, she spent evenings freelancing “fun” writing including short stories, poems, articles and cards. When her eldest was a toddler, she quit full-time work to stay home and write. Eager to spend more time with her children, homeschooling intrigued her. From preschool through high school, she homeschooled both sons while continuing to freelance. An integral part of the homeschooling community, she has developed and taught writing classes to a generation of homeschoolers. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Gary, Mrs. Lyttek loves to share her commitment to homeschoolers and her fascination with the written word.


12/12/2018 8:13:00 PM BY Susan Lyttek

This past weekend, we stayed at our dear friends’ house in North Carolina. On Sunday morning, we woke up to six inches of snow on the ground. It got me to thinking about what might lie beneath the snow or beneath any cover. Sometimes, what is hidden is an unexpected blessing. But probably more often, the clean cover of snow (or camouflage) hides what we would prefer not be seen.

Snow always, when there’s enough of it, acts as a blanket. It covers so completely that all you see is white. The dirt underneath becomes invisible. This can be both a problem and a promise.

The covering is a problem if it is of our own making. We are good at shoving works, appearances and pretense over our shortcomings and sin and then pretending nothing evil lies underneath. This is bad in many ways—not the least of which is it keeps us from recognizing what we need from God.

But God promises to make our sins as white as snow. He promises to cover the evil we have and are with all the goodness He is. Yet it is not a blanket promise for all sinners. Repentance and acceptance are required. That can be such a hard step because it forces us to look at what we have hidden. It stops us from looking and comparing our surfaces with those around us. When we compare our inner selves with the purity of God, we can see how desperately we need a savior.


                    The soft, white blanket

                    Covers the earth,

                    Scours the bits of last year,

                    Creates a fresh canvas 

                    For Spring to paint.


                    The Christ Child promise

                    Covers the soul,

                    Scours the pain of last year,

                    Fills us with abundant joy

                    To start anew.


His are the secret things,

His are the hidden ways,

His are the higher paths—

Nothing is too difficult for our God!

But we long,

As Eve did,

To know what we cannot understand,

To see what we cannot decipher,

To travel where we cannot walk.

We long to

Put ourselves on God’s throne.

We cannot.

We must not.

We shall not.

Instead, we focus on his word.

Instead, we dwell on his commands.

It is more than enough of a hidden thing

For these tender forms of ours

To obey.


May the studies and promises of Advent draw you closer to our Lord!