h! the snow, the beautiful snow, Filling the sky and earth below, Over the housetops, over the street, Over the heads of the people you meet. Dancing, Flirting, Skimming along…
– J.W. (Joseph Warren) Watson
… And reminding us there are carols yet to sing o’er these, the next Twelve Days of Christmas… – Me
White Christmas is here… two days late! Full, fat, fluffy flakes of snow softly falling, whispering awe across my quiet neighborhood.
Pulling up the shades on all nine windows in my living and dining room to reveal this silent splendor, I know…brrrrr.... it will be even colder in here because of it. But wonder is dancing in white tulle all around me… how can I not let it all in? I’m Heidi, receiving her first snow globe from Herr Sesseman, and not even Frau Rottenmeier can break this one!
So far this season, we’ve only been teased with a few powder-sugar dustings… and this too may melt by tomorrow. But for this moment, I hear and know…
Though many have begun boxing up Christmas, putting it away… it is good to savor and enjoy this time of lights just a bit longer. To let it linger in your heart, like the glowing embers of a fire. To take time to read through Christmas cards and messages of hope… enjoy moments of quiet with tea and cookies… sit by the tree and play those carols. To read My Word and pray… Listen to My Heart. Into the twelve days of Christmas, on to the Epiphany and into the new year… I am with you…
Yes, like savoring the catch of a snowflake on your tongue… (like the little girl I saw doing just that the other day, racing around in delighted circles, and bringing a grin to my soul) — I have carols still to sing over these coming days… until at least the New Year. For I cannot put the season away with the closing of one day.
Let the next week be like a coming sunset… glowing bright it’s colors, deepening them across our souls…
And as we do, whether or not you have actual snow where you are, His blessings are falling all around you… Here are some white roses and scarlet poinsettias to enjoy and remember:
Did you know there is a “secret code” in the sometimes quirky-sounding carol of Twelve Days? Here are the first two, in honor of yesterday and today (the first two days), with more to come over the next few days…
And… one more “rose” that comes to mind today as I watch the snow falling. One of His most beautiful promises…reminding me that He “waters” the words He puts in our hearts to encourage and hearten… to go forth, bud and flourish…
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the LORD’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.” – Isaiah 55 – 10-15
What bit of Christmas is lingering in your soul and “on your tongue” today? It is still all around us...
© Pam Depoyan
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