Thursday, October 4, 2012


I stepped outside in the early morning and saw Orion in the sky. Orion! Already? Orion is a winter constellation, and coincidentally, the only winter constellation I know and recognize. When Orion is in the sky, it's winter. When he is not, it is summer. It is a simple clue and easy to spot. It is still hot here in Charlotte but I checked the weather expected next week both here and in NY. The times, they are a changin'! It is going to be chilly, especially in NY where I will be visiting my folks. The lows are expected to go down one night into the 30s. Brrrrrrrrr!

But Orion? Already?

I love winter. I love to ski, I love that the snakes are hibernating, I love to wear boots and coats and bright sparkly hats. I love to be able to put my hot flashes to productive use. I love the crisp clear air with stars so brittle and bright in the sky. I would not love winter if there was no summer however. So much dies away in winter. The only thing that makes that bearable is knowing one day it will all return in an explosion of magnificent renewal. How could God paint His comfort to the old and infirm any more clearly than with the seasons?

But Orion? Already?

Psalm 56:10-13 (NIV)
In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise--- [11] in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me? [12] I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you. [13] For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.

-save a dog-

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