Finding God in all things? Â You betcha. Â Here’s howÂ I’ve been glimpsing God’s goodness lately.
We spent Thanksgiving week in upstate New York. So did Winter StormÂ Cato. Â The effects were cold, but dazzling.
I love those winter sunsets … glorious.
You can barely see Otsego Lake out there. Â The hills beyond the lake, so green and visible in summer, were totally veiled in mist. Â There’s such an austere beauty about a snowy landscape; it’s like nature’s version of a black-and-white photo. Â In the lovely book Stillmeadow Sampler, about life in rural Connecticut, Gladys Taber writes, “I do not know why white seems more pure as a color than green or blue, but so it is, and the countryside in winter has a purity we never see in any other season.” Â I think she has a point.
The other night, having run out of wine, I cracked open a bottle of Martinelli’s sparkling cider. Â And its snappy, apple-y flavor made me recall Christmases as a kid. Â It was the treat we’d always have on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; I recall sipping it slowly from one of my mom’s orange juice glasses, savoring it as long as I could. Â Those were good times.
I’ve been listening to Christmas carols a bunch lately (yes, I know it’s Advent, but that never stops me) and hearing these tunes again for the first time in a year is such a welcome thing. Â They remind me of Christmases past; they get me in the right mood for the miracle of Christmas Present.
One of my favorites is the Â beautiful carol by John Rutter called “What Sweeter Music.” Â This video is terrific because it also shows the lyrics, and the words are almost as lovely as the tune. Â Â The songÂ never fails toÂ move me, even in the middle of the holiday hubbub. Â We all need peaceful pauses like this, quiet moments to reflect on the wonder of God becoming man and dwelling among us.
How are you finding God this week?