…the snow in winter as it waters the earth so it will break forth in spring with abundance of beauty. You are missed flowers, leaves and color but soon you will appear again.
“THE SNOW had begun in the gloaming,
And busily all the night
Had been heaping field and highway
With a silence deep and white.
Every pine and fir and hemlock
Wore ermine too dear for an earl,
And the poorest twig on the elm-tree
Was ridged inch deep with pearl.
From sheds new-roofed with Carrara
Came Chanticleer’s muffled crow,
The stiff rails softened to swan’s-down,
And still fluttered down the snow.
I stood and watched by the window
The noiseless work of the sky,
And the sudden flurries of snow-birds,
Like brown leaves whirling by.
I thought of a mound in sweet Auburn
Where a little headstone stood;
How the flakes were folding it gently,
As did robins the babes in the wood…”
_ The First Snow-Fall by James Russell Lowell
Photography JayJacyPhotography, Copyright 2017, All Rights Reserved
…to the Promise Gardens and we are ready for it. How beautiful is snow when it falls and waters the gardens. We expect 12-15 inches of snow — we wait to capture it and behold its glory. And so we wait for Spring again.
“God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour.
He seals up the hand of every man, that all men whom he made may know it.
Then the beasts go into their lairs, and remain in their dens.
From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds.
By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast.
He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning.
They turn around and around by his guidance,
to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world.
Whether for correction or for his land or for love, he causes it to happen.”