"The noise of failure growing beautiful..."

“Above me, wind does its best to blow leaves off the aspen tree a month too soon. No use wind. All you succeed in doing is making music, the noise of failure growing beautiful.” ― Bill Holm

The busy time of year is upon us. Thanksgiving turkey is just about gone. Families have returned to their homes and the decorating for Christmas fills our homes with holiday colors.  The Aspens were really last month, but I painted these and enjoyed the color with every stroke of my palette knife. The ending of fall and the welcoming of winter is here.  

As we have gotten older the holidays have a grown a deeper meaning and blessing in our lives.  Shopping and gifts are rare with only special things for the grandchildren.  We celebrate each other on our birthdays...so that leaves Christmas with its own special meaning.  It is the time of each of us to realize that no matter what we have done this year (constantly striking out on our own without God) that he has been there with us through it all and he will make our lives grow more beautiful. Sometimes it takes the 'wind' to knock off the  parts of our lives that are not truly important. Sometimes we have to lose to gain. 

"Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in Who is the King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle.  Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors!  Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory." PSALM 24 :7-10