Thursday, January 1, 2015
A New Year
No one heals himself by wounding another.
-St. Ambrose of Milan
It snowed on New Year's Eve Day in Bullhead City. It does not happen often here, in fact the locals say the last time was 1977!
Snow was as I remembered it; cold, wet, and beautiful!
I was reminded of my childhood running unconcerned in the snow, my mittens so laden with melted and refrozen snow that they hung off my hands in a mix of ice and wet yarn. My boots were usually rubbing large bleeding sores just below my calf, but I did not care. It was snowing! The sound of children's voices echoed in the neighborhood as we skated, built igloos and tossed snowballs at each other. I have made my fair share of snowmen and snow angels. I have placed my boots, mittens and coat over a warm register in the front hall and contributed to the unique smell of melting snow and wet yarn drying out. On occasion you could hear the water drip, drip, drip and sizzle on the register. I remember hot chocolate with marshmellows too and as I grew older hot toddies!
The snow here was met with differing responses. Some were happy and others annoyed. To some it was a miracle and to others an event that they wish they had not had to endure.
This morning, New Year's Day finds that the snow has retreated to higher elevations. So we sit in the valley and look up to admire it. It is almost a memory.
As I pondered the snow, I pondered my resolutions. Why was I making any at all I thought. In a day or two they will be a memory if I follow my usual pattern. I don't want to follow my usual pattern. I want my resolutions to last and I want change to come of them. Not change in others, but change in me.
So here they are:
Change me and the way I look at my brothers and sisters.
Change my will to Yours in all things.
Change my propensity to worry into joyful acceptance of Your plan.
Help me to change into that person that You desire.
I look forward to our year together.
I believe that no matter what happens it is part of Your plan.
I believe that You will provide the grace and strength needed for any and all challenges.