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Gray Days


Gray days are rarely anyone’s favorite. But to me, well I just don’t mind them. The thunder and lightning that crashed on the scene this morning have passed on. It was intense but short-lived. The spring rains that are lingering will bring lushness to the already blooming and growing flowers and bushes. It will also help anchor my newly planted dogwood tree and these are all good things.

Now it’s a little chilly, the skies are grey, and the air is drippy. By contrast, home feels extra cozy. I’ve lit a few candles to infuse the air with both a light floral scent to bring spring inside, as well as a soft glow to soften the darkness in the air. Sitting on the couch watching fluffy puppy lounge on the faux fur blanket lends an atmosphere of comfy quietude. There’s nowhere I have to be. There’s nothing that must be done today. I can putz around as I choose with no deadline and no pressure. Now that my kids are grown and off running here and there with their own jobs and interests, the days are now my own.

These are the type of days that allow my day dreams to shine a little brighter. I feel no guilt for just sitting here at the computer and catching up on blogs and Facebook postings. I can shop by internet and just admire the pretty things, neither wasting gas nor actually spending money. I have time to take a walk down memory lane and enjoy the thoughts of my friends and loved ones. I can peacefully meditate and pray with no sense of hurry. I can send love and peace to all that cross my mind. To me, gray days are slow days. They can provide a powerful positive effect sometimes, when we look for what it allows us to do just by slowing down. The slower pace is a much-needed respite in the hustle and bustle of life. I am liking this gray day.

What’s your favorite thing to do on gray days?

Be blessed!

Power and Majesty


There is something about a thunderstorm that I just love. The air feels and smells different from any other weather pattern. Before it even arrives you can see it swelling in the distance. The calm before the storm is almost palpable. The animals scurry differently. The leaves on some trees flip over in anticipation of the drink. The sky is divided into darkness and light and rainbows are sometimes visible.

The combination of the rumble of the thunder, the even beating of the raindrops, and the flashing show of lightning all remind me of the power and majesty of nature. Or, as I believe, it demonstrates the power and majesty of God. Nature is both palette and gallery of the artistry of God.

To me, one of the best parts of weather is that it is one thing on earth that man cannot control. We cannot bribe, buy, dictate, strategize, blackmail, or command it. No one person can claim it’s power or use it as a weapon. It is the great equalizer. And I believe the result of this equalization actually brings out the best in people.

When natural or weather disasters strike, there is no rich or poor who is spared. No race or gender is favored. But rather, we become neighbors and community in a way that other issues and problems do not illicit. In the wake of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and the like we come together to search out those who are in distress so we can make it better. We gain courage to do heroic things for protection and recovery of life. We become more human and humane towards each other.

So today, as my area of the world is pelted with fierce storms, I will pray for the safety of people, animals, and possessions. And I will also bask, just a little bit, in the kindness of strangers that inevitably shows itself.

Be safe and be blessed!