Reflection in snow, reflection in spirit

First day of winter in Tacoma

Reality precedes formality in Tacoma this year. December 21st is the official beginning of winter, but several inches of crunchy snow are already on the ground throughout the Puget Sound area.  A lot of snow is atypical here. Most years there will be a brief snowfall that will be gone after two or three days and that will be “winter”. This year has had prolonged, colder temperatures than usual, and so snow has been here a week and will last for a few more days.


Snow in Tacoma on December 21st

“Give ear, O King, unto the Voice that calleth from the Fire which burneth in this verdant Tree, on this Sinai which hath been raised above the hallowed and snow-white Spot, beyond the Everlasting City; ‘Verily, there is none other God but Me, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful!’ We, in truth, have sent Him Whom We aided with the Holy Spirit (Jesus Christ) that He may announce unto you this Light that hath shone forth from the horizon of the will of your Lord, the Most Exalted, the All-Glorious, and Whose signs have been revealed in the West. Set your faces towards Him (Bahá’u’lláh), on this Day which God hath exalted above all other days, and whereon the All-Merciful hath shed the splendor of His effulgent glory upon all who are in heaven and all who are on earth. Arise thou to serve God and help His Cause. He, verily, will assist thee with the hosts of the seen and unseen, and will set thee king over all that whereon the sun riseth. Thy Lord, in truth, is the All-Powerful, the Almighty. ” 



A snowy Tacoma neighborhood on the first day of winter


Verily, the wayfarer who journeyeth unto God, unto the Crimson Pillar in the snow-white path, will never reach unto his heavenly goal unless he abandoneth all that men possess: “And if he feareth not God, God will make him to fear all things; whereas all things fear him who feareth God.”


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