Rain. Nearly two inches, so far. Severe thunderstorms forecast for this afternoon. Minor in comparison to the record number–34–tornadoes, and the devastation they brought to the southeastern U.S.; and the snowstorms stretching across the Midwest to the East Coast. Named Euclid. I’m having a hard time getting used to winter storms having a name.
Merry and Bright skipped town and left us with this:
The busyness of the Christmas season is past, except for those taking advantage of the after-Christmas sales, when left-over stock is marked down for quick clearance.
For once, I’m not joining the fray. Instead, I sit in my cozy recliner with the peaceful sound of rainfall. The Christmas tree lights slowly brighten, then dim in a festive-yet-calming cycle. That reminds me of yet another song lyric, “…all is calm, all is bright,” from the age-old carol, “Silent Night.”
Around our world, there are many who do not have this sense of Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Man. I am blessed to live here, and I don’t take it lightly. Though one may not experience peace externally, there is an internal peace. It is the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, that guards the hearts and minds of those who believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
(Philippians 4:7–The Bible)
My 2013 prayer for our hurting world is to know this Peace, that goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life, and may you dwell in the house of the Lord, forever.
(from Psalm 23–The Bible)