"When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." Matthew 2:16-18 (NIV)
This too is a time of weeping and great mourning - won't you join me as I look up for all those who are grieving in Newtown, Conn. tonight.
Acorns and oak leaves on the ground... Black walnuts for winter baking... a final harvest of veggies... and a few asters bravely blooming. November may be cold and gray but it still brings its own special brand of blessings. Hope all of you are blessed this week. Hugs Debbie "The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace." Psalm 29:11 (NIV)
I find myself drawn to patterns and designs... they are easy to spot in an acorn cap... in the wings of a butterfly... or the lace design of Queen Anne. There is something meditative in stepping back and noting the amazing things that are normally missed. A certain comfort is found in seeing repetition in nature. It soothes our souls and connects us with the Great Designer of all. Hope you will find some lovely patterns and designs in the coming week. Hugs Debbie "...See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin." Matt:6:28b (NIV)
Sharing a few bits of Joy today. This is a view from our hillside. I never grow tired of seeing the sky. Madam Monarch enjoying a colorful lunch. It is always a challenge to catch up with her when she starts searching for the perfect delicacy. The Rose of Sharon overseeing the veggie patch. Bless her - she is faithful when the other flowering shrubs have withered in summer's drought. Last but not least...a rainbow. It serves to remind me that God's promises never fail. Hope you enjoyed these bits of joy today. Have a wonderful week. God Bless Debbie "Shout with joy to God, all the earth." Psalm 66:1 (NIV)