I decided to take some pictures out on a cold winter day and I was pleasantly surprised. The snow was a foot deep and it was frigid, yet the walk revealed a very different story. I saw blue skies and the colours of the setting sun and clouds that peppered the sky and formed moving images. I saw the branches of the trees and leaves laden with snow. I saw a pristine landscape of white, marked in some places with dog tracks and boot prints. I felt refreshed and alive after the walk.
Isaiah 55:10 - For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater.
There is a love hate relationship for winter by Canadians. Some love the season and others can’t wait for it to pass by. I must admit I belonged to the latter category of people until I discovered that enjoying winter activities or simply accepting the fact that winter is part of life, makes winter more enjoyable. Walking in winter refreshes the body and mind, although one has to dress warmly to enjoy this activity. The more adventurous and younger generation enjoy winter activities such as skating, sledding, tobogganing, tubing and skiing. It is also undeniably the most beautiful season of the year.
Job 37:10 – From the breath of God ice is made, And the expanse of the waters is frozen.
I am dedicating this blog to everyone who has waited patiently for that special someone in their life, who have been through struggles in relationships and were wanting to give up, but have pressed on and trusted in the Lord’s plan for their lives. This is your time to revel in your love, your time to shine and your time to be loved. Know that we each have our partners and spouses handpicked for us by God and while at time we see only their faults and follies, they are but special, human and uniquely fashioned.
Genesis 1:27-28: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’
Walk around the city this time of the year, and you will come across Christmas trees of all shapes, colours, sizes and themes. The malls vie with each other to have Christmas trees that are either the largest or tallest or most unique, such as the Swarovski tree with its crystal baubles, the tallest Christmas tree, the all silver decorated tree, and the poinsettia Christmas tree, which is by far my favourite of them all! Nothing puts a greater spell on the magic of Christmas quite like a Christmas tree.
For to Us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
December descends upon Toronto and brings with it a whole different atmosphere. The shorter dark evenings, the festive lights, the cold sweater weather, and a feeling of holiday cheer. The street cafes advertise holiday nog, hot cocoa and warm muffins and breads. The skating rinks are filled with children and youngsters skating to holiday music and people are busy with their Christmas shopping and activities and a general wind down of the year. The stores are adorned with Christmas decorations and lights of all shapes and colours and the windows advertise special Christmas sales. Homes are lit with magical lights and lawn decor. What a wonderful time of the year. Through of this we need to remember the true reason for the season. Jesus!!
Matthew 2:10-11 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with great joy. And when they came into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.