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  • First Congregational Church Of Rowley

The Tempest and the Quiet

Scripture: "Praise the Lord from the earth, sea monsters and all deeps; fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word."

Psalm 148: 7-8

Rev. Tom shared a beautiful winter message and part of the poem “Snowbound” by John Greenleaf Whittier, as well as scenes of his hearth and snowy, windy woods in the midst of the storm. I read the poem as he recommended, in the height of the storm. Amazing.

I find myself wanting to stay emotionally immersed in the cocoon created by the storm yet venturing out onto my land on snowshoes where I had the joy of witnessing 6 or 7 gorgeous bluebirds flying in the horizontal, swirling snowstorm. I could feel Michael and the delight he would feel at their presence. They look so delicate but are graced with strength to fly no matter the weather, nibbling on the berries on my prolific vines. (I captured one of the bluebirds in one of my pics, he is alone on a branch - a bit of “Where’s Waldo” to spot him)

In the tempest and in the quiet that follows, we can listen to our own spirit and hear the voice of God, calling us to “let go” of what no longer serves - and beckoning us to new horizons and possibilities.

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it covers.

Kahlil Gibran

To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.


Note: this music selection is intentionally a little offbeat; there are many winter songs that spring from the "negatives" of winter, but not so with "Frozen"

Today's Encouraging Word, Inspirational Message and images are brought to you by Penny Hurley, on behalf of the Compassionate Care Network.

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