yearend business

11 12 2014

There is a lot going on right now.  There is the usual flurry around finishing off a school term.  And Christmas is a Pretty Big Deal here in Sweden.  So there are concerts, events, school tasks and activities that revolve around Christmas.  And then life gets busy too.A few curve-balls get thrown into the mix, just to check that we are awake.  My parents arrived in Sweden today, and come to see what our new home town is about next week.  Between all of that, we look for moments of joy and try to hold onto new experiences. 

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There is the fun of seeing Christmas lights going on and feeling the atmosphere growing.

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And supporting our local Scouts group who served amazing Glögg and tunnbröd.  (Come visit and I will introduce you to those items.)

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There is the observation of baking of lussekatte.  Notice, the observation of.  I have determined to buy whatever I can this year and not bake and make myself.  Just because I can, and every other year we have always HAD to do all the slog to have a Swedish Christmas. 

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There is a bit of tramping about in the snow, trying to figure out if the prints wee see are foxes or dogs, deer or moose. 

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There was this quick moment when we saw our first reindeer on the road.  (we could not stop to watch.  the roads were VERY slippery with ice). DSCN5694 (Small)

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There was the amazing atmosphere at this church, where we sang on the second Sunday of Advent.  It was rather special to be singing with a choir on International Choir Day.  (yes, there is such a thing, apparently.)

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There is a good bit of new snow about and it looks like we will be getting fresh falls most of next week.  It is still all so new to us, and I love seeing the delicate flakes fall through the sky, and the new white substance which surrounds us, which has its similarities to dust that we are so used to, but is also so very very different. 

I cannot help but be reminded of these amazing words.

18 Come, let’s talk this over, says the Lord; no matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool!  (Isaiah 1:18) 

How amazing that our own wrongs can be totally washed away, by Christ’s kindness.  To see this reminder so clearly all around us is such a precious sign over and over again of His love. 

And, just because we can, here is another sunset at the lake near school.  Ah.  Another amazing spread of grace.

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