Sunset over the NC Smokies from Newfound Gap.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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The highlight of the day was spending time with Coralie, the person responsible for the park Facebook page that I have worked with all year. Coralie is such a great lady. When I was stressed out over my family issues this summer, Coralie gladly listened to me and helped me keep it all in perspective. I especially wanted to say thank you to her and I knew just how to do it -- knitter to knitter. I recently blocked a beautiful lace shawl that I knit earlier in the year. As I was pinning out the damp shawl I felt impressed to give it to Coralie. I don't give away my shawls to just anyone, but I knew this one was not mine to keep. Watching the delight in her eyes as she admired the shawl, then put it on -- it was the best thing, ever! My Christmas feels complete already.
As I drove through the park, I listened to a favorite recording of Handel's Messiah. It seemed fitting to hear the words of Isaiah sing out as I climbed to Newfound Gap, then descended into Cherokee, NC. Watching the sunset, first from Webb Overlook, then later at Newfound Gap was the perfect ending to a healing day. My sinking spirits were exalted as I felt the warm embrace of the Spirit standing on a cold mountain top at the last light of day. It was perfection.