Saturday, December 02, 2006

Winter is Back

Today the sun was shining brightly with hardly a cloud in the sky. It was in the mid 30's. It is what you would call a cold crisp winter day. After all the days we have had in the 60's it sure feels cold out there. The sun did feel good though.

The sheep really love this type of weather. Their fluffy wool coats keep them nice and warm. They get really frisky and frolic about when the cold first hits. It is almost like a dance of joy. They are fun to watch. The ram is in with them now. He is just a little guy. The people we bought him from named him Ashley Wilkes. They do lots of theme names each year. He is a very gentle little ram so far.

I looked out the window tonight before it was completely dark and saw the moon in the clear sky. It was a true winter landscape. The trees all bare and naked of their leaves stretching their limbs skyward and outward like arms reaching for something. Sometimes it can seem sad, but other times it is just a stark beauty to behold. It reminds me of the verses in Ecclesiastes.

Eccl. 3:1-8 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures Marci and thank you for reminding me of those verses. I sometimes forget how much joy there is in every season.

Anonymous said...

Your passage is so apropos here in montana, where temps will get back into the 30's next week... after being below zero earlier and snowstorms.

A time for every season, though winter seems to be the prevalent one here :)