Sunday, January 27, 2013

Slip into Some Quiet



Thumb-sized snowflakes besiege us, flying from left to right across my windows, beauty on display. The wind changes, and they fall straight down in eerie silence. "In sequent toil, all forwards do contend," Shakespeare would intone from Sonnet 60.

"Put on some nature music, will you, Mom?" she asks, the gangly willowy daughter who has now surpassed me in height. Pink sequin earrings bob near a glistening Hershey-colored ponytail. She slides hair behind ear unconsciously, and hunches over her drawings.

Quiet music throbs, and I can feel my body slowing. Snow falls ceaselessly, hypnotically; the flakes tumbling past my windows. Pencil artist pauses to watch. Four year old Daniel stops his Lego play to stare at the sky. "Why is it snowing, Mom?"

"Because it's January," I smile back softly. "It's pretty, huh?"

Guitars strum, snow falls, and silence slips in.

The silent snow is so good for us, so needed. It falls heavy on my yard and on me. We soak in this quiet, and it blankets us in, deep and still. 

Pause with me this afternoon. Grab a hot drink, stare out your window for a few minutes, and watch the snow fall, the clouds slide, or the trees sway in the silent wind.

Peace.


What does a quiet Sunday afternoon look like for you?

8 comments:

Sheryl said...

I love a quiet, snowy day. The snow somehow makes the quiet cozy. Thanks for sharing your afternoon!

For me--today was a sabbath that didn't include snow or quiet. It was sleep and rest and time with God with my journal and a LONG overdue haircut and seeing super specific answers to prayer and last week's episode of Downton Abbey.

cabinart said...

Yea! You have a pencil artist!

We worked in the yard this afternoon until the cold (stop laughing!) and beginning rain drove us indoors to the wood stove. After an hour of knitting by the fire while Trail Guy napped, he woke and saw a gorgeous rainbow. We went outside and took photos and enjoyed it until it faded.

That's a sabbath afternoon, a very fine one!

Betty said...

After the roast from the crock pot is eaten, a nap is next. Then I try to catch up on a few post, maybe write some. Maybe study some for the bible study with a cup of relaxing tea. Look forward to Sundays.

Cheryl Barker said...

I've learned to take moments to soak in the beauty of nature and commune with our Father, too, Jennifer. Such a blessing when I do.

I always look forward to Sunday afternoons because that's the one day of the week I allow myself a nap :)

Jennifer Dougan said...

Sheryl,

Sleep and rest and journal time with God sounds lovely and a familiar treat for me too. The haircut? That's still on my to-do list. :)

Thanks for stopping by.

Jennifer
www.jenniferdougan.com

Jennifer Dougan said...

Jana/Cabinart,

I grinned at your statement about the cold and laughing. :) Working in the yard, then rain and a quiet time by the wood stove sounds fabulous! The rainbow is a topper.

Smiling with you,
Jennifer Dougan
www.jenniferdougan.com

Jennifer Dougan said...

Betty,

Tea, crockpot roasts, blogging and Bible study.... ahhh. :)

Thanks for the glimpse into your Sunday.

Jennifer
www.jenniferdougan.com

Jennifer Dougan said...

Cheryl,

Soaking in nature, seeing God's hand in it, and of course, naps! :) I agree.

Thanks for stopping by.
Jennifer Dougan
www.jenniferdougan.com