On this cold day, with a wind chill of -20C, I am happy to be inside and not entirely looking forward to walking up to the restaurant where we're having our staff lunch. However, the tasty food and shared laughter will tempt me out the door!
But days like this remind me of how much I love the changing seasons. I really don't think I would be happy living anywhere that did not have the full gamut of seasons! I appreciate the warmth of summer much more, having to endure the cold of winter. Spring and fall are absolutely wonderful, from the luminous delicate green of the new leaves to the blazing fire shades of the falling leaves. And winter too can be full of delights: the beauty of sun sparkles on pristine white snow, the amazing glitter of ice on the trees after a freezing rain storm, sitting in front of a roaring fire while the wind howls outside (ok, so I don't actually have a fireplace myself, but Valerie does, so close enough!)
A month or two ago Valerie shared this quotation in her Thursday Thoughts and it really resonated with me...
“The seasons can be so hard on us. They force us to face the world as it is – bitingly cold, swelteringly hot, unpredictable, subtle, devastating, life-threatening even. There is no hidden shame in the seasons – they are what they are and they stand upright, proud of their identity. As they roll through the year they reveal, diamond-like, the many sides to wonder and beauty. In one breath we struggle, despair, welcome back and marvel at the intricacy of the Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn symphony of creation. For in the end we know that in all creation the composing hand of God is at work – revealing, restoring and renewing God’s people, leading God’s people to, in turn, be glorified through the power and presence of God.”
~ Donal Harrington
The girls frolicking in the snow after a mega winter blizzard a few years ago:
The glorious colours that surround my house in autumn:
Mom enjoying the gorgeous spring blooms in Villa Borghese, Rome:
And the warmth of summer in Newfoundland:
As always, I invite you to click over to Diana Strinati Baur's blog and check out the other Gratitude Friday Club blogs...