Tobit, Ch.13 – And he said: Blessed be God who lives for ever, for his reign endures throughout all ages!
The good part about going back into the office to work is seeing familiar Toronto downtown sights. Often time in the past while commuting to work in the mornings or returning home in the evenings I have rarely bothered to take in the sights. Today while getting into work I stopped and paused and took out my phone to take a few pictures. I said ‘thank you Lord’ and I made a conscious effort to marvel at the beautiful sights of the City that I have grown to call home. I did the same while returning home, not bothered by the few commuters who glanced my way while eagerly scuttling home. I now have a new appreciation for my City that was mostly shuttered and ghosted in the past two years.
Hebrew 11:10 - For he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
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.
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.
On a morning walk I took these pictures of trees on opposite sides of the street. While some trees lost their leaves quickly to the winds, others held on tightly to their leaves. It made me ruminate on how we can respond to adversity, we can choose to let go or hang tight to life and it’s goodness.
Joshua 1:9 -Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.