WPC: Holiday Season

Holiday Season

Holiday Season.

The photo challenge of the week is “It’s not this time of year without…”

Having just enjoyed Thanksgiving with my Virginia family, I can definitely say “family” “laughter” “good food”.

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 But thinking beyond that…into my existence as a Virginian these past 3 years, what is something that I enjoy about the holiday season?

I am still learning to embrace the cold, but one thing I do enjoy is a freshly fallen snow.  

Some years we get a snowfall during the holidays, other years it comes later.

A new snow blankets everything.  

It adds beauty and light to an otherwise stark landscape.

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The neighborhood becomes quiet.  

The weather is crisp.  

It feels like there is magic in the air.

A time for new beginnings.

So when that first snow falls, I will embrace its beauty.  

I will remember that it’s never too late to begin again.

I will remember that just like the newly fallen snow covers the deadness of winter, God’s grace covers my shortcomings.

And then I will remember that I began this journey, this writing down my thoughts, during a freshly fallen snow.  

That I was called to step outside of my comfort zone, to push beyond boundaries that I didn’t think that I could.

But I have become complacent.  

I have become fearful of pressing farther outward.  

Comfortable within my newly expanded boundaries.

As I reflect upon the holidays and on a snowfall not yet touched by man, I am reminded to continue growing…

Let your light shine!

Amy

 

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