This is a photo I took yesterday from the top of a tall mesa. I used the “panorama” feature on my phone, so this is actually more than an 180 degree view… though you would never be able to tell. It was so lovely to be there yesterday with a couple of my running group friends. It was breathtakingly beautiful, but the photo isn’t. The brown of winter in Colorado isn’t easily photographed. The monochrome sepia of a Colorado winter. Snow and the sky are the only relief.
Last night I went to my new church and actually dropped off my membership form. The deacon was so excited, he introduced me to several women, who were actually happy to meet me. I have been recruited for the St. Vincent De Paul Society. Sounds good to me!
Today I am sitting by the fireplace, watching a football game. I am looking for Dave in the stands, but he must not have a funny hat or costume on to draw the attention of the TV cameras. But I know he is there!
Later I will wrap gifts, wait for the snow to blow in, and cook whatever I can in advance of the two Christmas dinners I am making. I will focus on what I have, and not what I don’t have.
Even though there is all this hullabaloo, this holiday celebrates the birth of Christ to a humble young girl, so poor and “unimportant” that she had no where else to deliver her child but in an animal’s shelter. I am so grateful for not only the birth of Christ, but the reminder about what is really important. hint: it’s not money or prestige.
And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. — Luke 2:6-7