Frost and Chill, bless the Lord

January 07, 2014 15:54


Funny how life is.  This morning, I woke up from a dream, and the weather I was experiencing in that dream looked something like this picture.

In reality, however, the Polar Vortex had finally come to Maryland, and it was about 4 degrees outside, but with the windchill, it felt like -20.  I wanted to go back to bed and try to rejoin that dream of mine, but it wasn't meant to be.  Oh well.

Much of the U.S. is experiencing a deep freeze like we haven't experienced in many years.  I can't say I've experienced such cold weather, and I'm glad I don't live where this air is coming from.  Don't get me wrong.  I like a cold day every now and again, and I even enjoy our brief periods of snow.  But this is too much.

As I type these words, a passage from the Old Testament came to my mind.  In the third chapter of Daniel (vs. 57-88), we're reminded that all of creation is meant to praise God.  Yes, even the frost, the chill and the snow.  I guess that would include polar vortexes, but, alas, they aren't mentioned specifically.

Well, by the weekend the cold weather will be behind us, at least for the time being.  I was talking to a friend today, and I told her this freezing weather is a gentle reminder that I live in a nice, warm house and not on the street.  I have food in the fridge that I can heat up and have a hot meal.  I don't have to go hungry.  For those of us who are so lucky, today is a good day to praise God for the many, many, many blessings we take for granted.  It might also be a good day to figure out a way to help those who are less fortunate.  Lord knows, they need it.

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