Friday, December 7, 2012

the greatest offering of all

--looking ahead.... this kind of weather is almost life-denying.... I mean, c'mon. A high of 19 degrees and a windchill of -15?.... who thought that up?!
Friday
Overcast with snow, then a chance of snow in the afternoon. High of 36F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 80%.

Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow. Low of 19F with a windchill as low as 12F. Winds from the South at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 30%

--with a burial today... cold and snowy....
Saturday
Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow. High of 30F with a windchill as low as 12F. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 40% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible.

Saturday Night
Overcast with a chance of snow in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a chance of snow. Low of 5F with a windchill as low as -17F. Windy. Winds from the NW at 25 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of snow 50% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible.

--with a burial, two burials actually, but only one at which I'm presiding... cold and snowy.
Sunday
Partly cloudy. High of 19F with a windchill as low as -15F. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 10 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

Sunday Night
Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 5F with a windchill as low as -6F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

--with two church services, eighty miles apart. And then a wake Sunday evening.
Monday
Overcast in the morning, then mostly cloudy. Fog early. High of 36F with a windchill as low as 9F. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph.

Monday Night
Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 10F with a windchill as low as -4F. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

--with a burial....

Me thinks seeing Joel's face light up like a kid when he looked out the window and saw snow this morning brings the deepest kind of joy there is.

Me thinks I shall remember the joys of long underwear this weekend!

Me thinks the funny little snowballs that accumulate in the armpits and on the legs of my funny little dogs are --well, funny! And the snowballs take extra cooing and coaxing and toweling to abolish them from the house, and all that extra cooing and coaxing and toweling and paws in the air and wiggles is a time of wonder and love.

Me thinks the way Paeha runs and runs and runs in the snow in circles and in absolute delight which make Mr. Witty and I laugh even before the sun is up is a sign of the kingdom.

Me thinks the small, joyful, wonderful, lovely signs of the kingdom are the counterpoint to grief.

Me thinks having a baptism this Sunday is a counterpoint to the grief.

Love weighs less than grief --but surpasses it in gravity and light.

And I am grateful for all the work given to me to do --a privilege to serve --which is neither grief nor counterpoint, but sustains both.

At prayer this morning (ending with Luke 21:4)

He [Jesus] looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.

He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”

We should all be mindful that giving out of our abundance leads only to self-satisfaction... but giving when we think and know we have nothing, that beats back all the frigid life-denying situations we can imagine.

And, I am mindful that I have not been stripped of my abundance, but that in the face of death and such grief, I can really offer close to nothing --except presence and prayer... Companionship.

--and, perhaps, that is the greatest offering of all....

Hey God, it's margaret here. Make it so. Amen.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

from Fr. Bob Trask

Brrrrr! After reading your vivid weather discriptions I'm looking for my own long johns. Thank you, Margaret for being God's servant to God's people on the CRIM.
Advent blessings and peace.

it's margaret said...

Fr. Bob!!!! Yes, get warm m'dear. It's coming your way.

And --thank you for my new book! God bless you!

it's margaret said...
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Elizabeth Kaeton said...

I had to put on a sweater after reading this. God bless you.

it's margaret said...

Sweater, preferably with a hood, shirt, and thinsulate underwear.... boots that are good to -40 degrees with wool socks helps too. Mittens --not gloves, just mittens. And then stand with your back to the wind.

Keep the blessings coming, dear sister!