Monday, December 22, 2008

Winter's Sparkle

On my winter walks the last few evenings it has really struck me how beautifully the snow sparkles under the glow of the street lights.

I just can't seem to take my eyes off of it...
it is just so breathtaking.

What is it about sparkle that captures the imagination and makes us so full of wonder? Why do we want so much glitter and light in our lives?

Just look at a child as they gaze in wonder at all the beauty that surrounds them during this season of celebration.

Many of us, as adults, have lost that sense but when we stop in silence and wait and listen and really feel what's deep inside our souls, isn't this what we want? What we were made for?
We were meant to enjoy beauty, just look at all of nature that He so lavishly gave to us to care for.

And we were meant to be beautiful...

Can you think of a time in your life that you felt the most beautiful?

I automatically think of my wedding day and, yes, I felt very beautiful as my father came to take my arm with a gleam of love and admiration in his eye and as I walked down the isle towards my beloved and saw the look of awe on his face, it was every girls dream come true.

But seeing the sparkle of the snow last evening seemed to trigger another memory... one that I haven't thought of in years.

It was on an evening during the Christmas season in my 13th or 14th year, or so, that I took part in a Christmas Production that the choir of our church put on. I was fairly new to the choir but the director asked me to sing a duet with a friend of mine.

I was to be an angel and I felt beautiful as I stood up on the stage in white, with silver garland about my neck, and sang my song. I don't remember, even, what song it was anymore, but I remember the feeling of the floodlight from the balcony shining down on me.

And the best part of this memory is when my grandma came to me later and asked me if the earrings I had been wearing were diamonds because they sparkled so beautifully in the light and that I really did look and sing like an angel. And her words meant the world to me.

I believe that this is what we are meant for and I wonder.... I am full of the wonder of ...

"what will heaven be like".


11 comments:

  1. yes...
    He has made all things beautiful - and that includes you, me, my son with Down Syndrome, my elderly invalid neighbour, etc...

    and do you know what, I never realised this before (much), but every time a human being acknowledges they are beautiful, it is nothing short of a miracle!
    I never really used to think I was beautiful, until very recently, and it is incredibly life changing and empowering - to see oneself as He sees us, and to be able to say, "I am fearfully and wonderfully made, I know that full well..."

    I hope you see yourself in that way too :)

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  2. oh, luminous post! I love it, what a reminder to take in the beauty all around including what we see in the mirror and the life that we have a privilege of living.
    thanks so much for the thoughts, prayers for my health! I'm steadily moving along. :o) this too shall pass.
    A merry, merry Christmas to your family!

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  3. What a beautiful post!! Inspiring!

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  4. beautiful post!

    and re: wfw, i don't think it will show up, but i'll add ya to the list now and when the post pops up, you'll be on it! ;)

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  5. actually i've got the post up now! i put it up even earlier, so if you want to link to your post so people know which one, that would be great! :)

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  6. Thanks for visiting me. I enjoyed your blog as well. Have a very Merry Christmas, I will try to visit again soon! Leanne

    How long have you been homeschooling?

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  7. Thanks Leanne! This is my second year of home schooling.

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  8. I immediately thought of the verse that Mrs. Wibbs mentioned. What a beautiful post!

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  9. What a beautiful memory. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!

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  10. A good blog with exciting content, that's what I need. Thank you for keeping this site.

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