Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Weather Outside is Frightful

Winter is making it's grand entrance to the Ozarks of Southwest Missouri (and throughout most of the Midwest) tonight. It is actually early A. M. and it is raining with the temperature at a mere 33 degrees. Ice is supposed to follow and then the snow--1-3",5-10" or 15" depending on who you're listening to. The kids are hopeful for a day off from school and will be disappointed if it doesn't get cold enough to freeze and make a complete mess of roads and everything else. I've a few projects that need to be completed before winter sets in for good. Luckily, winters are pretty mild here.

Christmas is quickly approaching and so I know that we'll be hearing more about the Holiday vs. Christmas battle that we hear every year. Personally, I suggest that you call it what you wish, allow others to do the same and show the love of God in all you do. I'll make a future post about some of our favorite Christmas traditions and their origins. It may surprise you that many of them have pagan roots and so are rightly called holiday traditions instead of Christmas traditions. For example--evergreen boughs, wreaths and trees have been used to celebrate life in the dead of winter during the solstice celebrations that predate Christmas. So maybe it really is a "holiday tree." However you choose to celebrate this time of year, I choose to celebrate the birth of Jesus, my Savior. And I choose to believe the proclamation of angels of Peace on Earth to men of goodwill.

Whatever your tradition, however you celebrate the season; celebrate well and know that inspite of all our failings, God chooses to love us and celebrate life with us!


For to you is born today, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

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