Monday, December 19, 2016

A Working Furnace

Daily Gratitude Year 4-Day 353: Today...l am grateful for a furnace that works.

Current temperature 4 degrees, and add the windchill and it is literally ten below zero. Now, that is cold!

The furnace is working her little heart out. She just keeps going and going. Even with a well insulated house and a great furnace, you can feel the cold deep inside. 

Some shiver in the cold and with the cold for lack of a good or working furnace. Furnace repair men will work in the most bitter of conditions when called.

My boiler at school makes it way too hot some days, but it keeps us warm. It will feel amazing to the children who have to walk to school, when they arrive. Heat is something we take for granted until we don't have what we need. 

One of my favorite Christmas songs is "Do You Hear What I Hear". Earworm is singing, "A child, a child... shivers in the cold, let us bring him silver and gold." The wee king born in a desert like place. The nights can be cold in that climate. The gift of a stable when there was no room in the inn was a gift. "Swaddling clothes" to keep him warm and his mother's embrace. Joseph, too, would help... and hold him... and keep him warm. Such a humble birth! 

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. -Luke 2:7

Imagine the sight when the shepherds arrived. Precious and priceless. Every baby is a miracle. This child...born of a virgin... came to be "God with us". He arrived at God's perfect, designated time. No fancy hospital or furnace. Just some swaddling cloths and his parents for warmth... and a stable full of animals with their radiant warmth. 

Today, I am thankful for the image of the newborn Jesus snuggled in and feeling loved. 
I am grateful for ways I can snuggle in a get warm. I can't help but think of those in the cold ... and those with not enough. 

Today...l am grateful for a furnace that works. It is a beautiful thing. 

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