I trust you’re all having a great week, and that no one has been too badly stuck in the snow. The weather made coming and going (and parking!) a little complicated here at church and set us behind on a few things—including this newsletter. My apologies for being a bit late connecting.
On the other hand, it has certainly been beautiful, hasn’t it?! Most of the windows in our home look out onto a big bank of fir trees and green space, so Diane and I have spent quite a lot of time gazing out at the glistening white blanket on everything, enjoying the quiet, and reflecting on how very blessed we are to live in such a beautiful place—in a home that’s warm and dry.
All this has had me thinking about how important it is to practice the discipline of thankfulness. Of pausing in the midst of my busyness, and even in times when life isn’t entirely convenient, to remember how much God’s goodness fills my life and how blessed I am to enjoy both His gifts and His gracious presence. Maybe that’s one of the reasons He gave us winter.
(It has also prompted me to pray for the many in our community whose circumstances are more difficult, for whom snow and cold is a real problem. May we always have generous hearts to help.)
All the same, I’m happy for a little warmer temperatures now and for the hope that the snow will melt off the side streets—and off our parking lot. It would be great to have clean paths on Sunday morning, so we can all gather without having to tiptoe into the building. On that front, we’re heading back into the book of Acts again this week. We’ll be looking at Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica, Berea, and Athens, from Acts chapter 17, for anyone who wants to read ahead in preparation.
I look forward to joining together with you all in worship. Meanwhile, have a wonderful week. And please stay safe out there!