Yesterday snow fell in Dallas. Not the mere dusting that annually graces parts of the state, but a real snow. A Midwest-style snow. A “Midwexas” snow. Big beautiful flakes fell all day, leaving around 12 inches of accumulation on God’s good ground.
Mesquite, the city where my Fiance sleeps, sustained a spectacular slew of snow.
Maggie, Nicole’s new vehicle, resting in the white snow banks of North Texas.
So much of my world has become new. My brain is still masticating all this newness. In the midst of such grand adventure, I have found sanctuary in the “old” or “ancient.”
Maybe this sanctuary has found me.
Grant unto me, my Lord, that with peace in mind I may face all that this new day is to bring. Grant unto me grace to surrender myself completely to Thy holy will. Instruct and prepare me in all things for every hour of this day. Whatsoever tidings I may receive during the day, do Thou teach me to accept them calmly, in the firm conviction that all eventualities fulfill Thy holy will. Govern Thou my thoughts and feelings in all I do and say. When things unforeseen occur, let me not forget that all cometh down from Thee. Teach me to behave sincerely and reasonable toward every member of my family and all other human beings, that I may not cause confusion and sorrow to anyone. Bestow upon me, my Lord, strength to endure the fatigue of the day and to bear my share in all its passing events. Guide Thou my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to suffer, to forgive, and to love. Amen. -portion from Orthodox morning prayer