Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas from Melty Colorado

A chinook wind is blowing, the snow is melting a bit more, the ruts are deep. I want to share one more picture of that overhang above the patio - it fascinates me as it changes each day.

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This morning in church we sang "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." This song evokes memories of the Christmas I was in 5th grade. We were learning this song for our school program, I had never heard it before, and I loved it. Just before Christmas, my pastor dad informed us that we were moving back to Minnesota to be closer to his dad, who was not well. I've mentioned in previous posts our move to the northern most point of winterness, International Falls. I was very disappointed to miss singing this song with my class.

Today as we sang it, the words pierced my soul. The words were written in 1864 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, but they could have been written this morning. Verses 3 and 4 say this:

And in despair I bowed my head.
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong, and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."

Greetings from Care Bear - this little bear she drew is singing holding a candy cane and singing "Jingle Bells."

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Merry Christmas from our family to yours (Anakin is missing from the picture because it was his day with his mom.)


God Bless Us Every One!


Anonymous said...

that is an awesome verse...thanks so much sharing it...I have a post on Peace today...
Merry Christmas!!

Gina said...

We sang the Christmas Bells song this morning too! I LOVE that song!

Cute bear with the candy cane!

What a great family photo of you all! A wonderful family!

EmilyRoseJewel said...

Merry Christmas Grandma Dawn! I hope you have a wonderful time and the hope of Glory in our Savior fills your day with love and peace. God bless you!

theresa said...

Merry Christmas Grandma Dawn.....I love that Christmas song. What a lovely looking family.

My baby brother lives in Broomfield, CO, I've been hearing all about your snow.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas! I heard about the big snow dump you guys had on the news up here.

Blessed Beyond Measure said...

We're from Colorado and were still amazed to hear of all the snow you guys got. Sounds magical. I know reality is its hard to get around, kids go stir crazy, but it sure looks lovely. My MIL always tells me "we need the moisture", sounds like you got it all in one blast. xoxo

Linda said...

Blessings for the New Year Dawn. Just a quick hi before another day of sightseeing with family visiting from NC. I couldn't stay out of touch with special friends for too long :)
We have a busy week planned, but I'll be back as soon as I can.
Have a Happy New Year!!

Nancy said...

I love Care Bears picture... so sweet! The Christmas Bells song is a beautiful song. I love when our organist plays the bell chimes with it. Thanks for sharing.

PEA said...

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours dear Dawn...a couple of days late!! I can't believe the snow you have, we ended up with a green Christmas and I'm not sure I liked it! lol It was great for travelling but I did miss my snow for Christmas. Now I know where it all went!! Sheesh! Love the family picture, what a beautiful bunch:-) Much love xox

Maggie Ann said...

Oh that snow on the overhang looks soooo cold, but your family photo looks cozy and beautiful! I enjoyed your post Dawn...Merry Christmas dear blog friend, I've enjoyed getting to 'know' you also and hope we have a great year of fellowship coming up in 2007. One of these years our Lord Jesus will come back and rapture us away from here, won't it be superb!!! =)

Pamela said...

Isn't that something, it really could have been written for today, and maybe even more so. Loved all the pictures Dawn, especially the family picture! Hope you all had a blessed Christmas Day! :) How did you all fair in that terrible blizzard you all had...hope all is well.

MugwumpMom said...

Great photo...
I heard about your got a white Christmas.
Hope you are enjoying all the aftermath (of Christmas that is)