Monday, December 23, 2013

31 Days in December #23: Savoring the old and the new

I'll miss the patina of Switzerland's houses, some built hundreds of years ago.

Shutters guard the old windows
From the window of the car, this house catches my eye.

A beautiful doorway

Little alleys of staircases provide shortcuts from the main streets into Swiss neighborhoods.

We visited a Marzipan factory today. Marzipan can be rolled out as a filling or icing ... 

Cake decor

or it can become tasty playdough. 

Marzipan figurines
Marzipan vegetables: 1" miniatures
In spite of all our brokenness as humanity, each one of us is innovative. God invests in us and fills us with life, inspiration, and invention. This trip has confirmed how - in every culture we visit - God is generous.

I'm amazed that he trusted us with his Son. That Jesus was entrusted to Mary and Joseph, parents who forged a living from their surroundings and lived in their community. He not only saves us from our sins, but he encourages us to play and make ourselves at home in his world. Lovely!

We're packed up to return home to the USA tomorrow. Three planes. Travel time= 2-3 hours to the airport and through security. 18 hours of flying and the drive home. Something to look forward to at the end ... a ride with our daughter and sleeping in our own bed. Life is good.

Read more:
*Israel is saved by the Lord with everlasting salvation; you shall not be put to shame or confounded to all eternity. Isaiah 45:17 ESV

*An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Mary will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:20-21 ESV

Moravian Prayer: Surprising God, your finest act was carried out by the most humble of humanity. You showed us that your power can exist in human weakness. We praise you and pray for the faith to accept it. Amen.

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