Friday, January 15, 2010

For Haiti

"Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2

Its the faces that stay with me....

"No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm. I will come to you." John 14.18
Singing and Praying at Night in Port-au-Prince
by David L. Wilson for MR Magazine

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan. 13 -- Several hundred people had gathered to sing, clap, and pray in an intersection here by 9 o'clock last night, a little more than four hours after an earthquake had devastated much of the Haitian capital. Another group was singing a block away, on the other side of the Hotel Oloffson, where I was camping out.
I couldn't make out many of the words. "Alleluia" was the refrain for some of the hymns the group at the crossroads sang. A minister was preaching to the other group about Bondye ("God") and kretyen ("Christians"). The congregants replied with bursts of song.
There were frequent aftershocks. With each tremor, the singing stopped and the singers wailed; after several minutes the hymns would resume. Many of the people in the streets had lost their homes, but even those whose houses weren't affected sat outdoors for fear of what might happen if they were inside when the aftershocks came.
Earlier in the night I was listening to the singing with a young Haitian American at the hotel. "Haitians are different," he said, referring to the singing. "Its a sense of community."
They were remarkably in tune with each other...The beautiful music continued through the night.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Snow Day!

It started that night...

Sunrise on a snow day...It was cold. It was quiet. I felt like the only person out that morning.

Quiet reflection. Thankful for a snow day, a holiday from school.

The view of the country church over the hill. Winter is the only time we have the view of her steeple.

Bunny Tracks!

A winter garden...

Snow Birds...


Having fun...

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hoping Hoping Hoping

Our weather service is calling for snow for our area tomorrow. I'm so excited!! I LOVE snow! If its going to be this dadgum cold outside (it was 14 degrees at my house this morning) then pleeeeze let there at least be snow!

Snow is a real treat, an unofficial holiday, an O-fficial fun day in our part of the world. We rarely see snow in Georgia, even in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, where I live. When we get word of it heading our way, most of us get downright giddy with excitement. Today our grocery stores will sell out of milk and bread and any kind of soup fixin's. Schools will send home "just in case" notes on where to tune your dial for school closings.

Snow! Snow! Lovely snow! Won't you join me in crossing fingers and toes, and wishing big for snow in Georgia tomorrow!

Can you tell I'm in for a major disappointment if it doesn't...............No, don't even speak it!