Friday, September 24, 2010

Peace in the valley

I am sitting on the balcony overlooking the spectacular Blue Ridge mountains. This peaceful little town is peopled by mostly retired folk so everything shuts down around 7 pm. The restaurant where we had dinner with Matt was empty at 7:00.

We noticed the whole time we were eating that a van outside in the parking lot had it's door wide open. The owners were apparently in the restaurant eating, unconcerned about theft.

"There's no crime here," Matt told us,"Well I think there was a burglary in 1996."

As I sat on the hotel balcony after dinner, I watched the sky fade from deep pinks to blue. The varying shades of blues of the endless mountains gradually morphed into the encroaching night sky. Crickets chanted. Stars twinkled on, one by one.

I don't slow down easily. But when I sat down and watched the day melt slowly into night, I felt a deep and abiding peace.
I am blessed, I thought, thinking of my dear children and husband, and the beauty of mountains sleeping beneath the stars.

Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)
" ` "The Lord bless you and keep you; [25] the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; [26] the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. " '

Nothing is impossible with God

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