2017: Page 359

Page 359 was Christmas Day and with family gatherings the day before Christmas and the day after Christmas, it was a quiet day of reflection.  I began the day by writing yesterday’s page then headed outside to run the snowblower and clear the drive.  When I came in a poem showed up in my mind, so it will become part of today’s page.  In fact, I think the poem will take the place of the “thoughts and lessons” bullet points that I usually conclude a page with.

After lunch we drove up to Lake Michigan to see what we could find to photograph.  The wind was cold and fierce which made it difficult to stay outside very long but also made for some lighthouse-tall waves to photograph.  As evening arrived, we made our way home and I spent time going through the photos I took throughout the afternoon.  One of my favorite photos made today’s page as I captured the outer St Joseph lighthouse engulfed by a wave while its light is on.

As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:

Christmas day is here at last,
it’s time to have some fun!
So I fired up the snowblower,
to see if it would run.
I pulled it once, I pulled it twice;
it started with a roar!
And now that it was running,
I pushed it out the door.

Down the drive it slowly crawled,
snow flying in the air.
The wind would blow it back at me,
the snow was everywhere!
But with each pass the drive was cleared,
and pavement began to show.
When I was done, it looked so nice,
until the next big snow!

But that’s a lesson we should learn,
not just about the snow.
When “stuff” begins to pile up,
it really ought to go!
But just because we clear it once,
we’re never really done.
Until our life’s been fully cleaned,
by the blood of God’s own Son!
© 2017 by Tom Lemler

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2 thoughts on “2017: Page 359

    • Thanks! I think many people have been trained to compartmentalize things to such an extent that we tend to miss some of the best lessons of life because they take place in the midst of everyday events.

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