|The white swirls are blowing snow|
We have a woodstove, candles, flashlights and headlamps. Our only real concern is our well water pump requires electricity. We have a few cases of drinking water and are heating snow to get water for flushing. Showers are non-essential.
Alex and Grandpa went to bed. Nolan was still working. The girls, Michael and I sat in the living room until around 10 and shared memories inspired by other weather events. Michael stayed up to keep the stove going until I got up at 6:30 a.m. (Jan 2nd). The lights came back on for 30 minutes, went back out, came back on....I suspect Jan 2nd is going have a lot of flickering.
|Michael reads Stacia's novel|
What about that first line? Will 2022 be a good story? Yes, it will. It's started not only with a storm but with our long-awaited Amaryllis blossom.
Was 2021 a good year? Yes, it was.
Stacia points out there was an entire generation that lived through World War 1, a pandemic, the Great Depression and World War 2....and kept a sense of optimism alive.
We've had years before with miscarriages, earthquakes, death...and not felt the doom and gloom which so many freely express about 2020 and 2021. 2021 was HARD. We lost family members to Covid. Inflation is up, supply chains are stressed. We feel all the stresses the media gleefully or reluctantly reports. I think, collectively, we have focused on the bad, the hard, the challenges to the exclusion of the good and the faithfulness of God.
In 2021 we lost family members. We also gained family members. We had 2 weddings. Krista and Jamin both took big career steps. Nolan began college and is knocking it out of the park. All our grandkids are healthy. Dad caught Covid in 2020 and hasn't caught it since. Michael's Parkinson's is stable.
So much of our outlook is determined by what we choose to focus on. I made a conscious choice in September to quit focusing on my fear and to instead believe God holds and counts my days and knows what each day will bring. 2021 was not bigger than God. I will walk with him, in wise, discerning faith-not fear. I will step away from the media reports, the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds and focus on what I know to be true. I will take every thought, or at least more thoughts, captive to the Lordship of Jesus. God writes this story, He is not frustrated or surprised by the plot line or twists... He works in ways which often surprise. When I am frustrated, frightened and surprised by the plot twists, I will consciously choose to seek His presence and to observe where He is at work in the situation.
I am confident 2022 is going to be a great chapter in God's story. As all good stories do, this one begins with a storm.
It's ironic our power has gone out again and I will not be able to save or publish this. ::snort::
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