Monday, February 1, 2021

There’s something about a heavy snowstorm that stops time for many of us.  There are, of course, the people for whom snow simply increases their workday—the people who plow our streets and work in hospitals and health care centers.  But for most of us, a heavy snowfall stops the normal pace of the day.

At this time of the morning I can barely see the outline of the trees against the sky and I am wondering how many of my indoor projects I can finish today, probably not as many as I had hoped.  Another part of me says, relax, find that container of cocoa and sit and savor the wonderful smell steaming out of the cup.

Most of us are in warm homes, but what about those who don’t have a warm place to even consider having a cup?  Let’s not only pray they can find shelter but that as a Nation we move to end homelessness for everyone.  We all need warm places against the cold.

Prayer for the Day

Bracing ourselves against the wind, we feel the snow against our faces,

   As we look towards the skies ready to burst with even more;

We hear only the silence around us as we consider the wonder

   And the beauty of the world you have given us, O God.

May we embrace the starkness of the winter’s day

   Remembering that you are Lord of all.

In the name of him who walks with us even in the snow,

   Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.

Thoughts for the Day

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

                                   - Lewis Carroll, British novelist (1832-1898)

Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.

                                    - Vesta M. Kelly, American writer

To you I life up my eyes, O dweller in the heavens!

   Look as the eyes of servants to their master, as the eyes of maids to their mistress,

So our eyes look to the Lord our God until we are blessed with God’s grace.

                                    Psalm 123: 1-2