Breath in the Rain

December 23, 2017

{pics via pinterest}

I won't take up much of your Christmas time
The magical moments that should be spent with family, friends

But today I want to tell you a little story that might help you through this time. Retreat to a quiet spot, make a hot drink, make yourself comfortable & cozy. This should only take a few minutes... <3

i stared:

 the counters were filled

the stove sizzled and popped

and it seemed as if the very kitchen so quiet and peaceful had turned

into a veritable overflow

for deep fried pirogis & buttercream muffins

 & steaming soup

 & pomegranate kernels that littered the kitchen

While smoke wafted up to the lights twinkling overhead

My grandma, beads of sweat forming on her forehead

My sister propped on a stool squeezing ribbons of white onto more muffins.

sigh. The children have just come in, and I can barely hold myself on my own feet.

two hours later: I walked outside to front porch where the rain was falling softly.

shoulders slumped.

"Daddy, Mom, Grandpa! Come home!"

Where is Christmas today?

Hurried breaths, pauses between eating.
"Are you alright?" 
"yeah..." heavy breath "yeah, i'm fine."

"You sure you alright?"
deep breath out. "I'll be fine."

"Come with me..." Daddy holds out his hand.

slow nod.  


"You see the rain?"

whisper "Yeah..."

"It'll be fine."

Where is Christmas today?

Takes my hand in his. "Just breath in the rain."

slow nod.

 he leaves.

I breathe the rain

I listen to it

reveling in its sweet softness

then i turn around, and look into the open window:

Grandpa is arm wrestling with Andy, Danny & Marie

Grandma and Mom are dying with laughter

Gabriella and Daddy are smiling

And Isaiah is running a commentary in the background.

i'm so lucky. 

 You are here today Christmas, you are here each day

for the love that brought you here

the love of a father for His children

you, me, us

the One that takes our hand and says, despite His sacrifice

Breath in the rain

of my endless love


For God so loved the world 
that he gave his one and only Son, 
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16)

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  1. BREATHE IN THE RAIN. wowow LOVED THIS. thank you for sharing + merry christmas <3 <3

    1. Thank you Sophy! I hope you have the best Christmas season :")

  2. This is beautiful. Anna, you are such a sweet soul. Your heart is evident through this story. Beautiful job. Have a Merry Christmas. <3


    1. You are so sweet Ivie, you're encouragement means A LOT to me. Keep shining bright, I hope you have the best Christmas season <3 <3 <3

  3. It's a beautiful piece, Anna! Merry Christmas!!!


    1. Thank you so much Catherine! Merry late Christmas :)

  4. This was perfect and beautiful, Anna, I hope you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas. <3

    1. Thank you so much Gray, I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas :") <3

  5. Lovely poem, Anna!:) And have a Merry Christmas.


  7. this right here is maybe one of the most beautiful things I've read in 2017.
    you amaze me Anna.

    1. Oh my goodness, you have no idea how much that means to me Mira <3 <3 <3 Soli Deo Gloria xxx I hope you have a beautiful new year!

  8. I like how your pieces are so visual, and I really like the concept of breathing in God's love. It's that close and accessible to us. Rain is a beautiful symbol. Thanks for this, Anna. Blessings & all the best for the new year! xx

    1. This is so close to me because when I am caught in the trap of anxiety/depression that is the only thing that restores me. Finding His infinite love. In that moment of despair that's all that matters and I forget only too often. Thank you so much for sharing this Jessica, Blessings to you too this New have been an infinite encouragement to me all year. God has so much in store for 2018! <3 <3 <3

  9. This was powerful. It's so easy to forget that God is always with us but by taking a moment to stop and take in the rain we can realize how amazing what we have is. That is what I take from your words. <3
    Simply Me

    1. Thank you so much Vanessa. <3 And honestly I couldn't have said it better, you nailed the message. xxx I hope you have a wonderful upcoming year.


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