Sunday, December 10, 2017

Snow - 10 December, 2017 - Charleville-Mezieres, France

Christmas Season

Signs of Christmas

The first snowfall of the Winter!  In actuality we do not receive a tremendous amount of snow here in the Ardennes.  However, today we received as much as we did all last year.  We find it makes a nice enhancement and reminder of the Christmas Season that is upon us.

Most folks here appreciate the snow but not the slick sidewalks and roads that come with it.  On the not-so-positive side; several members of the Charleville-Mezieres Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints were not able to make it to church today because of the snow.

We are grateful for the snow and the encouragement it gives us to seek the warmth and comfort that we receive from our Savior Jesus Christ and the Gospel he taught.
Snow - 10 December, 2017 - Charleville-Mezieres, France
On Wednesday the 6th, we were again reminded of the Christmas Season as we encountered Saint Nicolas in the street near our apartment.  We find him and his donkey unusual and very interesting.  He was busy greeting all the children and passing out chocolate candies.  Saint-Nicolas coming on the 6th of December is a cultural difference we have noticed here in France.

Which leads into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints program named "Light the World". While we have a French version of the program; the daily themes vary significantly, at least in order of the day which they appear.  Nonetheless, in the US version, Wednesday the 6th theme was "Judge not, that ye be not judged".  While wondering what to do this day, Sister Clark suggested that I "avoid badmouthing the French for a whole day."  Wise council as I had fallen into the trap of complaining about cars parked on the sidewalks, dog poop everywhere, weird driving habits and on and on.  We gave it a try with rather good success.  As a result we now feel less inclined to complain or "JUDGE" the people we have been called to serve.  We do love the French people!  May we each be a light to the world.
Saint-Nicolas w/ Donkey - 6 December, 2017 - Charleville-Mezieres,  France
Stained Glass Nativity

We really do enjoy sharing our stained glass nativities with you.  We find a wonderful spirit radiated by most of them and they help us greatly with remembering the true meaning of Christmas.  They help us feel the Spirit of Christ and bring us closer to him.  We find them inspiring and a blessing in our lives.  We pray that you might enjoy them also.

We found the nativity below in late June of this year, not sure where we were going or doing but we are glad to have found this nativity.  It is located in the Church of Saint Remy in the village of Thiaucourt, France.

Alma 19:13 
     "For as sure as thou livest, behold, I have seen my Redeemer; and he shall come forth, and be born of a woman, and he shall redeem all mankind who believe on his name."

Stained Glass Nativity - Eglise Saint-Remy - Thiaucourt, France
Coq of the Week

Perhaps, just another bold and proud coq doing what he was called to do.  Nearly every coq has seen bad days and hard times - - - look closely and you will recognize what we say.  So it is for us, we each have our ugly days and challenging times - none are exempt.  During the struggle may we stand fast like the coq -  remaining faithful and true to our purpose here on earth.  We have accepted the call of earth life and now must persevere to the end.  The coq is a wonderful example for us all.... and he does have many sunny bright days.  May our days be bright, especially during this Christmas Season.
Coq Girouette - Eglise Saint-Medard, Librecy, France

1 comment:

  1. Elder Clark the Spark! Bad-mouthing the French? Never! Maybe Sister Clark was just referring to your droll-but-dry-&-slightly-cynical wit. Merry Christmas dear Friends! Keep on lighting the world!