Saturday, December 20, 2008

Winter Blizzard...

What a day. We have had snow all week, but the 2 feet of snow today has topped my lifetime record. It is the most beautiful thing I have seen in a long time.
The power went out from 10:30 am to around 4, but even then, the warm wood stove, and blustery wind made the house still seem cozy, and having Steve and the kids all hunkered down in the living room, reading, napping, munching, it was still perfect.
The wonderful PUD got the power going again, and I could swear I heard the Hallelujah Chorus. It was hilarious. Then we made cheese zombies and tomato soup, and spent the evening with our favorite neighbors, Stef and Nick. I hate to say it, but I love being snowed in. The perfect excuse to do nothing but be with my family. Snowball fights and sledding are just icing.
Things have been so tough lately, mentally and spiritually, and it would be just like our God to set up situations that force me to reflect, and evaluate what I know is right. I have been looking around at the naked trees, and the debris and clutter all over the ground from the passing of Fall into Winter, and I can't help but feel sad at the losses this last year has brought, and the emptiness that this world sometimes hold, the "meanness" of people. But God reminds me that I can't run, I can't hide from His amazing goodness, and His great love. Thank you, Father, for an entire season to remind me of how faithful you are to take all things dead and broken, and renew them with life and vitality. Spring is always just around the corner for those who have put their trust in Jesus. May we all find our joy completely in the One who saved us.


KEI said...

Ughhh! I'm so jealous of your beautiful snow! I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating Jesus' birthday on Thursday! Know that we love you and are praying for you! Hugs and kisses!

Doanz said...

Isn't that funny- as much as I like to look at the snow- I would trade you for your perfect "70 degrees and sunny" in a heartbeat. Hehehe I have been ruined forever for the Northwest now that I know how the wonderful sunshine everyday can be. :)

Carmen Goetschius said...

What a lovely surprise to hear from you! Let's be facebook friends! I'll try to find you! Thank you for the comment on my blog, so very sweet that you took the time to read it! I am new at this blogging business -- just started last year when i went to Zambia. But now it is back to the madness of NYC. I work at a church here and am delighted to be figuring out how to straddle two worlds-- church in the U.S. and church in subsaharan Africa. Keep in touch! Merry Christmas to you and yours! Carmen