Grateful for Christmas week and the essence of God

I watched the moon yesterday  morning on the way to work, then watched the moon rise on the way home from work last night. Actually it was more of the moon’s essence rising through and behind clouds. I know what the moon looks like–its color and light and shape. What I saw was a dim light, not really moon shaped as the light was on the clouds around it as well, but through the dimness, I still knew it was the moon. With all that is going on right now in the world–the national and personal financial turmoil, friends with cancer, families torn apart by death, so many unanswered questions, sometimes it’s hard to see God in it and through it all. But even when I can only dimly see His essence through the mists of this world, I know He’s still here, still sovereign, and still working. My last gratitude list of the year–over 1,000 gifts this year alone….

3 gifts humble:

  • quiet time to watch It’s Wonderful Life together
  • yearly dinner of Chicken Cheddar Chowder, salad, and cheesy garlic grilled cheese sandwiches
  • kids still gathered around, enjoying the Advent book, after 23 days:)

3 gifts in Luke 2

  • “Do not be afraid!”
  • “For my eyes have seen your salvation, you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
  • “But His mother treasured all these things in her heart.”

3 gifts in Christ

  • salvation
  • grace
  • mercy

A gift found, shared, saved:

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  • time on the couch snuggling and reading with my little one
  • memories saved on “film” so to speak:)

3 gifts lingering

  • new candle with fresh cotton scent
  • another new candle with a cinnamon scent:)
  • quiet joy in the season

3 gifts of hope:

  • “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:25
  • “In this world you will have trouble, but I have overcome the world!”
  • “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

3 gifts remembered

  • a year of change
  • a year of provision
  • a year of faith

3 gifts snowy:

  • first snow angel of the season

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  • first snowy evergreens:


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  • first snowy pansies

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