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Sunday, December 20, 2015

In The Bleak Mid-Winter


These posts are sent out from North East Pennsylvania (United States!) The winter here can be long and difficult, but thus far there's been hardly a flake of snow, let alone a blizzard. Still, some weeks ago there was a traditional mix of sleety-snow which lasted just a few minutes and then was gone.  I ran and filmed a bit of it with my phone-camera: the little fir tree having been planted last spring. Then the lovely carol for the Christmas Season came to mind. The snow, the tree, the lyrics come together beautifully. If you listen carefully you can even hear the snow!





10 comments:

  1. So beautiful. Bill and I led this in song for many years. Heard it for the first time from a contemporary artist but not sure of original recording, I heard the snow. Saw the 'star' and felt the hope and peace.

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  2. We need hope. We need peace. Glad for the short-lived snow. Glad for the phone-camera. Glad for the little fir tree. Glad for the people who helped to put this all together. Happy Christmas!

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  3. I love every bit of this post. What is so nice is how you created all of this and then brought to all of us to see and hear. Your desire to give us pleasure in the ways of the Lord. Nice.

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  4. Wonderful, lovely, thoughtfully done and a perfect hymn for this chilly morning. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us. I'll be humming this tune all day and thinking about the little tree with the snow falling on its branches.

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  5. What is good is this post gives a pause from all the craziness we find ourselves in, trying to get ready for Christmas. A bit of peaceful thoughts and whether I am prepared to receive Him.

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  6. Thank you for making this and sharing it with us. There is too much to think about right now so this was a good break from it all. Just what I needed. Grateful.

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  7. It does come together beautifully. And I do enjoy hearing the snow hit the ground surrounding this little tree. This hymn expresses the heart of what Christmas is so tenderly. You have represented it well using the the natural elements that surround you to capture the theme of the lyrics, placing us in the midst of the winter and the nativity of Jesus.

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  8. The last stanza of the song is a good lesson for us. That we should give Jesus of ourselves whatever we can manage. And above else, the love from our heart. Merry Christmas Father Stephen. I hope you wake to a blanket of beautiful white snow in Northeast Pennsylvania on Christmas morning.

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  9. Just enough to make everything lovely but not too much that my aging back can't handle. Happy Christmas to you!

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  10. How beautiful! The little fir standing there what's even nicer to see that you noticed it standing alone in the cold! Beautiful to hear the snow falling so peaceful do beautiful
    Merry Christmas

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