I’ve been waiting for a snow day. I know. It’s very unlikely that I will have a snow day in Houston. It may be as likely for me to have a snow day in Houston as it was in Florida. Nada.
As a child, there was something about the snow arriving around Thanksgiving that helped in setting the stage for Christmas to enter. Maybe it was also the mini break at Thanksgiving that helped get ready for the longer Christmas break. It may have also been the spicy smells throughout the house and the abundance of sweet snacks and the hot chocolate. But I still think it was the snow.
The snow outside meant bundling up and going outside and playing in the snow. It meant that it was colder outside and we’d have to return to the house to get warmed up. The snow also meant that the trek to school in the day would be that much more interesting. To trace one’s footsteps or step in the footsteps of others along the way can make the journey to school much more exciting. So much can be learned by looking at all of the footprints and pawprints the little creatures have left along the way. It’s curious. There’s anticipation.
There was something about snow days that helped me prepare for Christmas.
8 Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome. Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome mat. 9 Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling out, “Hosanna to David’s son!” “Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!” “Hosanna in highest heaven!”
When our Jewish brothers and sisters went to Jerusalem for their great religious meetings they sang verses 25-26 of Psalm 118. ‘Praise’ or ‘Hosanna’ means ‘You save us’. Usually they would give this welcome to travelers coming into Jerusalem, but now they welcome Jesus with these words. ‘In the highest heaven’ is the Jewish way to say ‘God’, who lives in heaven. ‘He who comes’ and ‘David’s Son’ were both ways to describe the Messiah. The people sang ‘Hosanna’ or ‘Praise’ to Jesus. They were thinking that Jesus the Messiah would ‘save’ them from the Roman rulers.
What is it that helps you get ready for vacation? What is it that helps you get ready to go to a party? What is it that helps you get ready for a move? What is it that helps you get ready for a new job? How does a great first page of a book get you ready for the rest of the story? Have a day!
In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you what things they like to do before they surprise their parents
Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson
****Tomorrow I’ll be beginning a new prayer list. If there are people on the current list you would like to have on the new list, please let me know
Remember in Prayer: Tim, Mali, Paris, France, Beirut, Baghdad, Jim, Barb, Carol & family, Jan, Kathy & family, Jane, Peace & Comfort for the families of Jim & Linda, Churches in transition, Sue’s family & friends, Amy, Carla’s mom & family, Phyllis & family, Natalie, Mary, Vivian, Martha, Pastor Kamya, Bonnie & Courtney, Mark, Michael, Kelly, Sawyer, Patrick, Roger, Katie, Marnie, Missy, Jeremy, Ginger, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.
And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Jim, Martha, Joyce, Jim & Linda, Sue, Ward, Amy, Jim, Clayton, Moe, Dot, Judy, John, Roberto, Todd, Loisanne, Karen, Bill
Prayer: We come before you this day, O God, in thanks for the abundance you have given us. We want to prepare for the day ahead of us and all of the conversations and interactions we will have, but first begin in prayer to you. Walk with us and guide our steps. Amen
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