Moonlight danced across the white ground illuminating a field of glittery brilliance. Up ahead of me the two shadows representing my wife and 6-year-old niece walked towards the end of the mountain road. Vapor arising from my own breath was proof that I was alive to witness the turn of yet another decade.

Making my way to the top of the drive, the hard snow crunched beneath my footsteps like rice crispies. The cold seemed to nibble away at what exposed skin there was on my face, but somehow it was all worth it. The silence around me was overwhelming. Besides our footsteps, it was utterly silent in the forest at 10,000 feet. The sky was clear and the full moon reminded me of what a true artist our Father in Heaven really is.

Stopping at the top of the drive we were able to catch a view of Pikes Peak in the distance. This 14,000 foot peak stood stoically in the moonlight covered in a white robe. The anticipation of yet another year of hikers, mountain lovers, and tourists no doubt went through Mr. Pike’s mind as he laid in silence.

A faint crack of thunder sounded in the distance, and a small burst of color lit the sky above Mr. Pike’s head to signal the stroke of midnight. 2010 had officially arrived in Colorado.

The joy of yet another year of life awaits us all. What will we do to make the most of this gift? As I stood there in Colorado on that cold night, I could not help but think about what things I wanted to do in order for my life to be a story worth reading about someday. In the silence I realized that the stillness of solitude and honest reflection on my Faith are things that I need to make more time for. I feel like an elementary-aged child when it comes to my Faith, and I know that God wants to teach me more. My child-like fascination with His creation will be something I always treasure. Comprehending how that creator abides inside my heart will be something I will always be in awe of. Why me God?

Thank You Lord for another year of life. Help me to grow in your ways and make this human invention of time itself have some sort of eternal significance.

2 Peter 3:8 (NIV)
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.