Tuesday, May 27, 2008
THE MUSIC BOXES
The Swiss Chalet music box on the right of this photo is quite unique. It was given to me by my sister on my 16th birthday.She purchased it at a local gift shop here in the U.S. We have always loved European design and rightly so as I am of German heritage, and I was also born in Germany while my father served in the Armed Forces overseas. This music box is one of few things I still own from my childhood.
This music box plays the song “Edelweiss”…. Many of you remember this song in the movie The Sound of Music.
Every morning you greet me…
Small and white, clean and bright…
You look happy to greet me.
Blossoms of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever…
Bless my homeland forever.
How noteworthy that Stephen was born in Switzerland and buried on a day it snowed and that his life touched Kathryn to the saving of her soul…forever. A blossom of the seed of God's work. Oh and how happy one day he will be to greet her.
Also “Edelweiss means Noble and White…short lived.
The other music box is also very unique. We purchased it in a village we visited and it is the exact same size and making of the other. This one plays another special song…
“Go Tell It On The Mountain”
Go, tell it on the mountain..
Over the hills and everwhere…
Go, tell it on the mountain…
That Jesus Christ is born.
And this is exactly what we did…we told those around us on the mountain…about our Saviour, the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
When I look at these two music boxes, life seems to emerge from them. People that we knew in this small country of Switzerland. The life we lived there among them and the heartfelt belonging I feel.
The tablecloth represents the Swiss people. The colors, the designs and the costumes. I purchased this on a visit to the village of Gruyere. A village known for the delicious cheese made there. I use this cheese today in a recipe I was given while living in Switzerland and converted it well to American ingredients. I will share it with you at the end of my story! It is a family favorite and my husband calls it his “comfort” food for the warmth and satisfying taste it brings; it also brings back the memories of God’s goodness to us.
Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Little things in our lives that mean so much to us. Precious reminders of the works of GOD. Who would have ever known back on my sixteenth birthday that I would live in Switzerland…that this song would be so noteworthy…and that there was another little Swiss Chalet to be bought complimenting one another’s songs?