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Beauty & struggle

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

MORE snow today--they say it is the snowiest winter in Chicago in ten years, but I've lived here longer than that & I don't remember ever having this much snow! It's only my second winter commuting to work by train, though, so I'm definitely experiencing the weather more directly than I used to. I wear my urban hiking boots every single day, & slacks or good jeans; skirts are only on days when the snow is melted & the cold wind isn't blasting. It's exhausting to be picking one's way through snow & slush every day.

This morning I did get my beans in the oven, but I didn't make it to an Ash Wednesday service. That worked out OK, though, because later our guests for tonight e-mailed to say they were swamped with work & needed to postpone. With the snow coming down fast & furious all afternoon, I decided to leave the office an hour early. Had a delicious supper with my husband & stepdaughter, & then my husband & I went to Ash Wed. service at our church. It was good to tromp through the snow/slush with him, because he kept calling my attention to how beautiful the trees & bushes are with every twig laden with snow.

It was good to be at the service with him & with our church family, & it is good to be entering into Lent. As our pastor said tonight, "lent" means "spring" & expresses the hope that beneath the apparent barrenness & hardship of winter God is at work bringing life.

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PJBOKC 2/8/2008 9:13PM

    I love looking at snow - it looks so "pure" and how cool your husband notices the beauty in the details of the snow. YES! God is always at work giving life, abundantly.

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SHANSHE 2/7/2008 12:28AM

    Ahhh, I love the beauty of snow, but life here stops when snow comes, but just long enough to be annoying, ya know? Glad your day ended well andyou and hubby spent some quality time together.


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