Daily Reflections From My Window

December 12, 2021 Sunday, Advent Day 12-The Messiah


“What a wonderful thing it is to be sure of one’s faith! How wonderful to be a member of the evangelical church, which preaches the free grace of God through Christ as the hope of sinners! If we were to rely on our works-my God, what would become of us?”

George Frideric Handel

What a windy day it was yesterday, but luckily we aren’t in any of the states hit by those freak December tornadoes. Prayers go out to them. It looks like a bomb went off. Everything is flattened for miles around. A Candle factory, an Amazon center, homes, churches, stores, and small businesses gone. It’s incredible how the first responders, power restorers and others charge in from neighboring communities to help and try to restore normalcy. God bless them. Look for the helpers. Isn’t that what Mr. Rogers said?

Yesterday I had a few more packages to mail and I headed to my favorite small Post office branch in Tire Hill. I thought they were open until noon but they were only open until 11:30. I got there at about 11:15. They greeted me with big smiles and a “Hi! Julie! We didn’t recognize you with your mask and hat.” Val and Kathy were just as fresh and friendly on a Saturday late in their day during the busy shipping season as they are on any other day. They didn’t yell at me for coming in so close to closing and I apologized for not knowing. I wasn’t the only one. Someone else said that they thought the same thing! I wasn’t the only one there. But they treated us all like they had all the time in the world and with Grace. That’s why this is the best P O in the area and the one I choose to mail packages from. Thank you ladies for being so kind. Here’s a photo of them courtesy of FB. I hope they don’t mind me sharing it with you. It’s their photo. After a full day in the workshop, and working outside, we headed to a world class performance of “The Messiah”. I wanted to get a picture of us all dressed up and do “from this, to this,” but here’s the before. No after. I forgot. Hammy is supervising and making sure that we do things to his standards. We’re so lucky to have such a wonderful symphony for our small town. The conductor prefers experiential music and the symphony has performed in steel mills, malls, outside. We are so blessed to have such a dedicated and talented conductor in James Blachly. Due to the rules and regulations of the University, everyone, including the performers, were masked. It wasn’t muffled, but didn’t seem as loud, but it was still moving. I always thought of the Messiah as an Easter story but it is the prediction of the Christ child and his subsequent fate. Stories of faith are good anytime. Handel composed it in the 1700s in 3 weeks and said God was writing the music through him. The words are straight from scripture. Handel was one of the most prolific and actually NOT a starving artist. He had his finances in order. Who knew?

Since we too had masks on the whole time, we added a few drops of Thieves essential oil into our masks. If it kept robbers in the Middle Ages from getting the plague, it could help keep us a little safer in a crowd.

What’s on your agenda today? I’m headed to church and then to deliver some things-this reversible hat and mitts. We have a surprise visitor this morning. The kids are back from Disney and H. Wonder Coffee and Records is open for business today, so the grand dog is here. I might need to treat myself to a coffee today. I noticed long lines at other coffee shops yesterday. Your favorites are back! It’s a gorgeous day and there’s so much to be thankful for.

Today is Day 12 of Advent. Here’s our Manger-of course there is a Christmas tree there. To scale. Decorated with little bells from our friend BJ’s wedding and from the Salvation Army. The fabric calendar still has lambs ambling in. The church calendar sticks to scripture.

Off to church for me now.

In the meantime, do something you’ve never done before. Find your passion and explore it. Every single day is a gift. I’m off to tend my passion.

Have a blessed day!