The other day I looked out my living room window to see the hillside across the road ablaze with a glow that sent me to grab my camera.
In the 16 years we've lived here I had not ever seen it quite like this.
The view is towards the north. .
the time of day was a few minutes before five and I knew that when I would turn to the south west I would see what was causing this beautiful reflection.
While I was grocery shopping yesterday ..
a dear little old lady was whistling her heart out in perfect pitch.
All through the produce section she went about selecting her Christmas dinner veggies while whistling her clear rendition of Rock of Ages.
She was reflecting exactly what was in her heart.
I couldn't remember all the words so I came home to look them up to see what it was that was worth a solo in the store.
Rock of Ages cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save me from its guilt and power.
Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfill thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thous alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress:
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me Saviour, or I die!
While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgement throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.
A M Toplady
The Christmas music was playing in the background. . .
but she was looking ahead to Easter. .. .
realizing the true impact of Christmas.
I hadn't planned on posting this hymn on Christmas week.. .
but it seemed like a gift to myself so I thought I would share it with you too.
All for now. .