Merry Christmas !

But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;  for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'”

—Luke 2:10-11

This morning before sunrise, while walking Sugarpants, I was blessed to see Venus, shining big and bright. So big that I thought maybe it was Jupiter but I investigated and—no. The night sky has always held my fascination and I could look at it for hours, if in a comfy position. It speaks to me: soul, mind and spirit. I’m not all that knowledgeable about the facts but enjoy the wonders for the response they evoke in me. Normally I might fight feeling small but in the case of viewing the heavens, it is actually comforting. In my opinion, it is a time when the word Awesome is actually used appropriately; it truly is awe-inspiring!!

I hope I see Venus again soon.

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Discovering Elm Fruits

Hubby took me, as a side trip, to a place he found interesting for what it once had been. However, I was fascinated with the present and future that I found at my feet as I stepped out of the car. Literally at my feet—and under my feet—was a myriad of dry elm fruits, one of several kinds of winged seeds, samara, that capture my fancy. (OK, maybe I could actually count them but it would have been a difficult process. While now we most often use it to mean innumerable or an innumerable quantity of something, did you know that historically, the word myriad meant ten thousand?) I wish I had had a camera at the ready so I could have taken a photo of the bounty and the trees. I had not seen the seeds before and first and foremost, they reminded me of God’s creativity. As I walked along a path littered with hundreds, if not thousands—maybe a myriad or more—of these fruits, I thought of the intricacies of nature, the abundance, the smartness.

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