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.
A short walk from home brings us to a place of beauty, nature and joy – the waterfront!!! A typical summer evening at the waterfront would vary depending on the day of the week and the weather. The scene dramatically changes from a quiet humdrum weekday to a vibrant, bustling-with-excitement, colourful weekend with families, adults, kids walking about and enjoying their time at the lake, some with food, fishing rods or a Tim’s coffee in their hands. The local Cafe band sings and plays music to the demands of the patrons. The eatery spills out onto the side walk and people stop by to take in the music. A group of bikers hang out together and barrel in and out of the main street with loud rut-tut exhaust sounds. The lake is dotted with jet skis, boats and paddle boaters. The pier is filled with people, some fish, some watch their children play in the water, young couples walk by hand in hand, some walk by in a determined finish-my-exercise kinda walk, older people sit on the benches and enjoy the sunshine and weather. A walk to the lake and back can overwhelm your memory with enough images, aromas and sounds to last a lifetime. Try walking…it always does a world of good to the body, soul and mind.
Most Canadians, visitors to Toronto and visiting Americans from across the border are drawn to visit the Niagara Falls at sometime during their stay in Toronto. You cannot say you have seen Canada if you have not seen the Niagara Falls. This past weekend we visited the Falls and marvelled in it’s beauty, both during the day when you can see the turquoise waters thundering down from a height into the river below, creating an almost magical moment in the middle and a fine constant spray of water that moves with the direction of the wind and settles on visitors. The night views are even better and if you are lucky enough to be there on the day of a full moon, you’ve hit the jackpot!!
John 7:38 - Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’
What does my reflection tell me about myself? Well, that’s for me to ponder over and it depends on the time of day. Our reflections do tell us though, that each of us are unique and special. I hope you find that about yourself when you next look at your reflection.
Proverbs 27:19 - As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.