The Thanksgiving weekend is always a nice break from the daily grind. Recovering is another thing altogether. Too much of the wrong foods and a daily schedule quickly abandoned lead to a morning after that does not run as smoothly as it normally would. Getting up early again is a groaning experience. Preparing a lunch for the primary income earner is even more of a trick. Coffee helps, but, it does not return established routines to normal.
This day is supposed to bring snow with an estimated 3-5 inches of accumulation. It’s not that I don’t like snow. It can be quite beautiful and leaves a magical touch to the landscape when viewed from one’s window inside where it is warm. Today however is one I need to do some shopping for essentials. That part I don’t like at all. The cold, wet, wintry weather isn’t something I relish going out into. Especially if I have to drive. It can be quite scary out there.
I may just put it off until tomorrow. Of course the kids won’t have milk and other things we need. Actually it’s a good day to just curl up under a quilt with a good book and hot beverage.
I’m currently reading an e-book that is much longer than I originally thought it would be. As a result I’m behind in my reading obligations. The problem is, this book is the first of three. At the rate I’m going it will take me two weeks to read all of them. I am also beta reading a book I’ve been waiting anxiously to read for another author.
All this reading is keeping me away from my other hobby, quilting. I have yet to firmly establish a routine that lets me work on the sewing projects I want to do this winter. Sigh. Organization and time management have never been my best skills. Actually I’m quite poor at both.
So as we here in the US head into our winter season I ponder my life. I love my life. It is a good life with a warm home and loving family. We may not be affluent in terms of financial blessings. But we are richly blessed in the thing that matters most, love. Heading into the season we may have a lean Christmas, thus my anxiety about not getting my quilting done. I really don’t have time to get my projects done at this point, not to quilt and indulge in reading too. I do know that regardless of how lean the holiday may be, we will be concentrating more on what it means to us than the ever increasing commercialism of the holiday.
I know that Jesus was not born in the winter, but this is the time we have set aside to remember that he chose to come to earth as a human, born miraculously of a virgin to grow into a man. Being fully God and fully man he came to be the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, giving us hope for eternal life with Him in the Kingdom of Heaven. We should celebrate that hope everyday of the year. Now I know that there are many who do not believe as I do. Still I have hope for them, and I will show God’s love to each person I encounter in my life. That is what I am called to do, not to proselytize, not to judge or condemn because someone does not believe as I do, not to preach or overtly evangelize, but to love because God is love. Yes eventually there will be a judgement day, but, we are not the judges, God is and his justice will be perfect and we will all be astounded. Jesus said that none that had been given to Him had been lost except the son of perdition. So, I think that there will be many whom others would see as lost that are not. God knows where each and every one is and only He truly knows their hearts. I suspect that because His laws are written on our hearts that those who follow what is written on their heart will be judged mercifully.
35″ And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test Him: 36 “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?”[l]
37 He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind 38 This is the greatest and most important command. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”
Matthew 22: 35-40 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
Those who have never heard the good news will be shown great mercy. I feel that only those who both reject God’s plan of salvation and do evil in their hearts will have the worst of judgements. But who am I to say what God has planned? No one, a clay pot that cannot say what it’s creator has in store.
Be blessed and have a wonderful holiday season,