But Mary treasured all these things in her heart. The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.
Luke 2:19 – 20
This picture makes me think of Christmas, being the light of the world, and the unknowable majesty of God.
On more mundane topics, where does dust come from? How do objects in our apartment accumulate it so swiftly? When I wake up in the morning I have to dust my face off, the stuff settles so quickly. Also cobwebs appear mysteriously, without the aid of spiders, in corners and crannies within a few days of my last vacuuming. General dirtines I understand comes from us; I can identify the purple stains on the counter as a remnant of smoothies, and the tough orange one as a blob of Bean with Bacon soup. But dust comes from nowhere and always comes back, while the cobwebs never have spiders in them and seem to just propagate by themselves.
A unique cleaning issue in our apartment is what I think of as Dirtfall or Gunkfall. It occurs on my desk when the windows above it are open. Generally it involves lots of particles of a) rotted wood and paint from the windows; b) dirt and grime from the ground outside, with which my windows are level; c) dead insects that got trapped up in the window and died; and d) miscellaneous bits of gunk from who-knows-where. This mix settles on everything on my desk: my books, papers, knicknacks, photographs, and even my face and head if I am working there during a fall. It is difficult to clean up because a moist cloth cannot pick up all the rather large particles, and it looks disgusting. This is one thing I anticipate not having to deal with when Ian and I get our own house, although I may be deluding myself on this point.
– KF –