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.
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.
If you want to experience calm and beauty before the hustle and bustle of the day sets in, then I suggest you do an early morning walk. It gives you time to thank and praise God, gives you a sense of purpose, allows you to get your mind in order, helps you to focus, exercise or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of the first moments of the day.
Psalm 57:8 - Awake, my glory!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.