“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst,
I the Lord will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.”
Water as soft, fluffy flakes floated down from the sky, lightly at first and then with more and more intensity determined to blanket the earth in its protective and nourishing cover. “Let’s go out and shovel a bit to stay on top of this”…”Let’s go out again to shovel some more”…”Let’s go out one more time before bed”…. Then the sun arose on a sparkling white landscape of water formed as individual crystals interconnected to become one. Snow lay over a foot deep. That Saturday we grabbed our cross-country skis and walked over to Tudek Park.
Cold air brightened our cheeks and filled our lungs. Swoosh, swoosh, swoosh, swoosh, was the only soft sound heard in the peaceful landscape as our skis skimmed over the hard packed tracks of others.
My daughter Renee said, “Let’s find some hills to ski down!”
My husband Tony packed up a snowball and threw it at me. Then, wisely turned and threw snowballs for the dog to chase.
“Come on, Kirby” I said as I skied back up the hill after noting another dog coming along walking with its owner, but Kirby had other plans and with his flexi-leash secured around my waist pulled me backwards down the hill as I tried in vain to balance on my skis. “POOF” into the snow I fell receiving a cold dose of it under my sweater. But the landing was soft and forgiving, so I laughed as I stood up.
Water as snow was everywhere, creating a peaceful atmosphere, supporting our skis, catching me when I fell, adding to our fun, and over time as it melts it will become our drinking water stored below ground. We went out seeking and came home feeling fulfilled.
Prayer: Dear Lord, when we go out seeking you, please help us to find you. May our lives be fulfilled when we focus on the gifts you have provided for us. Please help us know the joy of sharing that gift with others as a community.
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