My View ‘From My Window’

Helen Smith

(Dec. 1) Here I am again — just to say hello and hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We did, although it was a hard battle.

Our children arranged to carry us to our daughter’s in Nashville and we spent three days there with them. So wonderful to go but also so wonderful to get home — how sweet the saying “There’s no place like home.” We all have so much to be thankful for; there isn’t enough room to write it all down.

This morning the sky is bright and blue, the sun is shining so warm, and everything looks so clean and still after the long night of storms that went through the night before last.

Isn’t that just like life? The storms come and go and life goes on, and sometimes things seem better after the storms go through and clear the air and our minds. Then we are ready to pick up and go on and keep trying a little harder to make it a little longer. I hear a song on the radio; I don’t recall the name but it says, “Lord don’t let this storm go to pass without using it for a blessing.” I love that song and the fact that everything can be used for a blessing.

The sun shines through the window across my shoulders so bright and warm and beautiful, and casts shadows across on the wall. I remember how we used to take our hands in front of a lamplight and cast shadows across on the wall trying to make them look like different animals and things. Oh those kerosene lamps — how many memories we do have of them. They seemed so bright then in all the darkness. Now they seem dark. How things have changed in my almost 80 years. As our wonderful Christmas season approaches let’s not get so busy that we forget what it’s really all about — that precious night when light was sent into our world and made a way for us to find the way.

As I’ve gotten older I realize more it’s not about the decorations, the gifts, the hustle and bustle; it’s just about the light that was sent to us, and realizing more about how to let it into our life.

Hope you all are with family and loved ones, and let your hearts fill with joy of that first Christmas.

Have a great week. Remember, you are important and loved just as you are, and pass it on.

My verse of scripture today is from John 1:9 — “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”