WHITE CHRISTMAS

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Sprinkle me with water and I will be pure; wash me and I will be whiter than snow.  – Psalm 51:7

I love Lucinda’s new poem about a white Christmas.  There’s a stanza that talks about showing love and compassion at this time of year – about helping someone pick up items they’ve dropped.  I had to laugh because that very thing recently happened to me.  I’m not sure why the good folks at Walmart think that fourteen gazillion items can be stuffed into one of their plastic bags – and they don’t have to double-bag it.  Sigh…

I was crossing the parking lot and it was so crowded – people everywhere and cars lined up waiting for me to get out of the way.  I had left the cart inside the store, thinking I could carry the bag to the car alright.  I thought wrong.  The bottom of the bag broke and stuff dropped out!  It was everywhere!  I was so rattled and embarrassed!

I scrambled to quickly pick things up, although some things had rolled away from me.  It’s amazing how kind and helpful the folks around me were!  There seemed to be folks coming from everywhere to help – and many were showing true empathy, explaining that at some time or the other, the same thing had happened to them.

The people in cars put them in park and got out to help me!  Nobody seemed angry or upset – but everyone was so very kind and helpful.  I was silently thanking God for that.  As we all know, sometimes people are less than kind and compassionate to another person’s plight.

I hope you enjoy this poem as much as I did.

a-christmas-of-whiteAnd I’m reminded too that my neighbor is everyone – not just the person who lives in my neighborhood.  Every time others are kind and compassionate with me, I become more kind and compassionate with others.  We teach others how to treat others by our own actions and reactions, you see?  It’s a choice we make and it’s a choice to ask God for help or not.  I don’t know about you, but I want to learn every lesson I can from God if it will mold me into the kind, compassionate, caring person I need to be.

May all your Christmases be WHITE.  🙂

 

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The timing could not be better! It’s the first day of Winter and it is snowing! Wichita has its first white Christmas in a very long time.  Sure looks like a mess according to that video, huh?  Will I be driving in it – um…  nope.

 Winter bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail.  – Montenegrin Proverb

I’m not going to admit that I prayed for it. No, I won’t cop to it – but neither will I deny it. I plea the 5th on the subject.

That’s in St. George, KS, which is about 140 miles NW of Wichita.

When I heard ice pellets falling onto our roof and saw the roads begin to get slick, I wondered if praying for snow was such a good idea, for you see I don’t mind the snow – it’s the ice I could really live without.

Nature has many scenes to exhibit, and constantly draws a curtain over this part or that. She is constantly repainting the landscape and all surfaces, dressing up some scene for our entertainment. Lately we had a leafy wilderness; now bare twigs begin to prevail, and soon she will surprise us with a mantle of snow. Some green she thinks so good for our eyes that, like blue, she never banishes it entirely from our eyes, but has created evergreens.  – Henry David Thoreau, Nov. 8, 1858

Isn’t this a gorgeous view from the sky???  This is in Oklahoma, just north of Tulsa.  Ice storms are so pretty as long as I don’t have to be out in them.

The fun part of snow is watching the neighborhood kids playing in it – building snowmen and having snowball fights. It keeps older people young to watch a good old-fashioned snowball fight. Sometimes I’d like to go out and join them, but I’m just sure I would be taken away to the funny farm if I got caught out there.

Christmas is just four days away and they tell us it will not get warm enough to melt the snow by then. Well, if we’re going to have snow on the first day of winter, it may as well stick around for Christmas day, don’t you think?   😉