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New Path Waiting

Discovering a new path is always exciting if not a little scary.

I pulled into the parking lot at Lorne Henderson Conservation Area (#SCRCA) at the same time the park ranger was finishing her rounds. I started out on my normal walking route and then noticed fresh footsteps in the snow so I thought I’d follow those instead. I must have followed her footsteps.
Winter walking is different than summer walking. You aren’t quite sure where the danger lies, where the unfrozen water is, where the holes are. I never would have found this new path in the snow if there had not been footprints to follow.

Snow lets you see the one who has gone before. This path took me to a place in the park I’d never been to before; one I’ve always wanted to go to but just didn’t know where the path was to get there.

Image 1It was the perfect day for a walk in the snow. Mild and bright sun peaking through the deep woods. With a touch of powdery snow drifting off the branches creating a mist-like eeriness. Standing perfectly still in the woods I could hear the snow engaging with the bark. Today’s majesty all 3 minutes from my house.

Image 2Are you waiting for a new path? Perhaps someone has gone before you. Perhaps you don’t have to create something from scratch but only keep your eyes open to the new possibilities which are already prepared for you. Prepared so beautifully that there are no dangers waiting, only joy and majesty.

“In my father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.” John 14:2-4 New American Standard Bible

Music for Solstice

Tomorrow is the shortest day of the year. Winter Solstice.solsticePeter Togni is a musician and composer and contributor to the CBC. He shares his musical playlist for the Winter Solstice. His picks are:

Symphony N5, 2nd movement by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius
Rainbow Voice by musical pioneer David Hykes
Magnificat by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt

Handwritten Letter – A Month of Letters

Image 2When I went to the post office yesterday a letter was in my box. A handwritten letter!

I ripped it open like a child on Christmas. I was so excited.

And right now I’m drinking the tea.

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To think that it was a couple of days ago when this friend put pen to paper and took the time to drop this letter in the mailbox, fills my soul with warmth on this cold winter’s day. That someone cared enough about me to take that effort blessed me.

That blessing was not diminished knowing that she is participating in A Month of Letters. A challenge to handwrite a letter everyday for the month of February.

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Today I’m going to write to my mother. Who are you going to write to?

2 Thessalonians 3: 17 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the sign of genuineness in every letter of mine; it is the way I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.