Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
                  and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
         making it bring forth and sprout,
                  giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
         so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
                  it shall not return to me empty,
         but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
                  and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

                           —Isaiah 55.10-11

Winter Storm Nemo: Windy with snow showers this morning evolving to a steady snow for the afternoon. High 32F. Winds ENE at 20 to 30 mph. Up to 36 inches of snow expected; tidal surge up to two feet. Winds could occasionally gust over 70 mph late.

God, your grace pours down upon us.
You cover us in a blizzard of your love,
your breath blowing through us,
sweeping us off our feet.
We are hemmed in, powerless to resist,
drifts of your wonder piling up around us
overabundantly, relentlessly.
You touch everything; you change our world.
Something far greater swirls around us.
We are not in control.
We move slowly and thoughtfully.
We can’t ignore you. For once we pay attention.
We are mindful of our neighbors.
We can’t even leave our homes
without dealing with your gifts.
You impose Sabbath upon us:
unable to earn our keep, we will simply be.
We will be still. We will wonder.
Lord of the Universe, envelop us
in the blizzard of your love.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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