It was only last week when the air was warm with the promise of spring in it.
Buds and blooms of hope and promise were all around.
A few days ago cold arctic air came south and decided to hang around for a few days
bringing record low temperatures, snow, ice.
The news, it blows cold and icy too,
unrest here, earthquakes there…
a text tells me a friend’s mother just died,
on facebook I read of a beloved pastor’s death,
a blog asks for prayer for the family of a YWAM missionary whose husband/father was senselessly killed,
another blog asks for prayer for a 10 year old girl diagnosed with stage four cancer…
I feel the heaviness of the chill,
I hear creation’s groaning,
I hear my own spirit groaning,
waiting for, hoping for, expecting the Lord.
While I wait, I continue the counting, the gathering, the eucharisteo…
“What would have become of me had I not believed that I would see
the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!
Wait and hope for and expect the Lord;
be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring.
Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.”
Psalm 27:13-14 Amplified Bible
My continuing gratitude list
-talking to my sister on the phone
-the Living Word
-a dear friend’s good report-no new cancer spots on bone scan
-late winter snow
-crackling warm fire in the fireplace
-morning sun shining golden on the wood floor
-cooking a special pre-birthday dinner for Hubs and friends
-sunrise through the window on the stair landing
-a random memory about my daughters when they were small that brings a smile to my face
-blue eyes and pig tails
-a late February hike with a friend
-God working in us/through us
-my nephew and his family, the Hub’s nephew, and a group of young adults going out to lunch after church with us to celebrate the Hub’s birthday
-phone message from oldest granddaughter and only grandson singing Happy Birthday to Papa
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