You are sure to have heard of the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ – it was the second most sought after new word in 2016! The Dutch have their own equivalent: gezelligheid, which means ‘cosy and sociable.’ I was certainly both hygge and gezelligheid in my friend’s flat in Haarlem; it was a perfect place to spend time deep in the Lord’s presence and gaining insights for a variety of writing projects, – as well as for venturing out from some exploring.
The fundamental ambiguity of hygge – the flip side of it if you like – is that it risks blurring boundaries and making us “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God’ (2 Tim. 3:4). Continue reading