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January 13, 2015, 8:00 PM

I'm Still Here.........

It's hard to believe almost a month has passed since I wrote one of these. The last one was 12/15/14 - my son's 27th birthday. In the time that has elapsed between then and now, the flu - in multple mutations - has descended upon the Franklin community, and the Janz household.  Christmas has come and gone, including wonderful Christmas Eve celebrations. 2015 has arrived and we are almost half way through month number one. And after a fairly mild and snow-less December, the white stuff and the sub-zero temps have made their presence known significanly in these early days of January.

During this passage of time many other things have happened that I don't have room to mention here - as well as a number of other things that I am sure I've missed. See, that's the challenge with living as busy and swamped as most of us do - we miss so many of the little things - the subtle things - the handiwork of God in places that don't come with fanfare. Let me show you what I mean.

I saw a snow man today - maybe you saw it to. It stands on the corner of Fountain Park, across the street from the Post Office. This fellow is not like the ones we often see in front or back yards of homes in our community. He is taller than I am - almost perfectly shaped - like they look in the pictures. Tree branches for arms, a nice hat on his head, and a big smile - formed with what looks like pieces of coal. I stood briefly and watched him today - keeping his silent vigil while people walked past lost in some manifestation of cyber space and cars whizzed past on Elk Street or turned the corner at 12th. Not having the luxury of a "magic hat," he simply smiles, observes and occupies space. And he can be easily missed, if we're not paying attention. As I watched him watch me today, I couldn't help wonder, "Who made him? How long did it take? Did more than one person particiapte? Were kids involved? When was he created?" See, while he stands silently, his presence speaks things that can only be heard by slowing down - even just briefly - to open the door to wonder and mystery, the kind of things that rarely announce themselves with fanfare.

You've probably received this advice before - maybe you've even offered it to one or two people. But let me circle it for you again: SLOW DOWN. God's most magnificent handiwork often requires a pause in life's pace to behold. As always...

Keep Lookin' Up!
Pastor D.


01-14-2015 at 2:41 PM
Pat Mann
I "echo" the words of Lois Carr, slow down. Driving to Franklin on the roads from Rouseville to Rt 8 this morning, there was God's magnificant art work of frost on the trees and bushes lining the frozen Allegheny River at a minus 9 degrees. An awesome sight. Seeing the "snowman" today made me think of the last word in Pastor Jeff's Advent series "PEACE!" To God be the Glory. ;)
01-14-2015 at 8:45 AM
Dick Shaner
Should have SLOWED down a little. The hourse IN MY COMMENT is misspelled and should read....outside your house!
01-14-2015 at 8:40 AM
Dick Shaner
Don't forget to checkout the sunsets that are just outside you hourse in the evenings. Doesn't cost anything and you can appreciate God's handywork!
01-14-2015 at 8:05 AM
David Janz
Love the image, Mikki: an invitation to slow down and come and play......that'll preach... :)
01-14-2015 at 6:18 AM
Mikki Chmiel
I saw him on my way to WW last eve. I almost missed the turn to see him. He looks great standing sentry to the park like he is guarding it or maybe he's inviting us to slow down and come play!! As we get older we forget the joys that making a snowman can bring.
01-14-2015 at 6:12 AM
Sandy Homer
Great memories for us, but what wonderful memories for the children who helped build it!
01-14-2015 at 6:09 AM
Sharon Chandler
AMEN and thank you, Jane, for the info. I am SO guilty of always multitasking that I miss some of life happening!! Thank you, Pastor, for reminding us to SLOW DOWN!!
01-13-2015 at 9:08 PM
Jane Hoover
I drove by as this creation was being built. It peared to be a family, mom, dad, and two young children. Touched my heart...
01-13-2015 at 9:06 PM
Lois Carr
A lot of Gods awesome handy work is missed when we zoom by on our journey of life. So slow down and enjoy the little things! By the way, I noticed the big snowman today and wondered the same things you mentioned!
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