A Surprise Daily Ritual

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On Sunday evening around 9:00 p.m., God began sending us a beautiful snowfall. This was the view above my computer screen Monday morning.

On Monday I ventured outside to the front porch . . .

. . . and the side porch in the frigid temperatures for some pictures.


Yesterday the snow was even more beautiful under the sunny sky. Again I ventured outside to the front porch and . . .

. . . the side porch.

In the late afternoon I looked out my office window and saw the sun shining so brightly on our barn that I braved the cold and put the first footprints into the snowy carpet to capture that bright barn.

Yesterday was a happy day for us and the story I am about to tell you turns out happy. However, Ray and I began our day with texts from our daughter, saying that our seven-year-old grandson, who has been sick since Saturday, was feeling miserable. She and her husband were taking him to the doctor’s office with plans to arrive when it opened. Not only were we concerned about his health, we were also concerned about the very icy roads of Middle Tennessee. On the way, she texted that the backroads had a solid cover of snow and that the main highway had 2 clear tire tracks. We were relieved when they arrived safely.

We in Middle Tennessee simply are not used to or very well prepared for a big snow like this one. Their experience illustrated that. First, they went to their pediatrician’s office. It was closed. Then, they went to an urgent care clinic: closed. Another urgent care clinic: closed. So, they went to the emergency room.

To our relief, they were able to go right in to an examining room when they arrived. Soon we learned that all swabs were negative; his illness was likely viral. The little fellow was a bit dehydrated so he was going to get some IV fluids. After that, they were on their way back home.

Soon our daughter told us something beautiful that happened at this public hospital. Here is her text:

It was really neat at 9:00 when a voice came over the speaker system to do what seemed like a daily routine at the hospital. He read a passage of Scripture and said a prayer for the staff and patients and families.

Isn’t that wonderful to hear?

Therefore let us draw near with confidence
to the throne of grace,
so that we may receive mercy
and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16

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  1. I’m so glad that your grandson is okay. Your photos are beautiful. I agree that snow looks so nice on a sunny day with a blue sky. I love your porch (especially with the pine roping!).

  2. What beautiful pictures. Very glad your grandson got the help he needed, AND the prayer! Also very much enjoyed reading the post “The Perfect Family –Isn’t” and the most interesting accompanying photos.

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