Once upon a time, I looked out my window around 12am to find a light blanket of snow covering the ground, and little clumps of white, sparkling flakes whirling beautifully in the air. The beginning of a new year, a time to start fresh, another year of blessings, and within a little over a week... January 9th to be exact... a gift from heaven... the South has finally experienced a Winter Wonder Land that hasn't been seen here for many years. The snow covered trees, streets, and mailboxes... it covered rooftops, chimneys, street lights, cars, and driveways. All was quiet except for the children laughing as they went sledding down hills, making snowmen, and having snowball fights. It's as if God was saying... here's our gift, a blessing from above, one that can be enjoyed by all.
As a child, I spent a year in New England. Snow is of course, very common there. I can remember my brother and I running to the field in the middle of the neighborhood with our parents. We'd play outside until our face went numb and our cheeks turned pink. Snow can make anyone feel like a child again... my parents would throw just as many snowballs as we did, and make snow angels, and snowmen... It is a season like no other.
When we moved down South, the winters saw very little snow... and if we ever did, it didn't stick, or it melted within a few hours. Therefore, we'd enjoy a few days out west, or drive up to Ohio for a week of sledding and building igloos with cousins. However, as of January 9th, our winter season has changed for the South. There was so much snow, schools have been closed for 2 days, and many have been out in the neighborhoods playing! Growing up, adults used to say, "The angels must be having a pillow fight" at the first signs of snow. Well... now we have a reason to praise God for providing his angels with pillows!
With this winter blessing, I would also like to point out that although it is such a wonderful gift, I would like everyone to remember those who cannot fully enjoy it. I have a dear friend who is homeless. He lives on the streets of Atlanta and he is not in good health. Pray that he comes to know our heavenly Father. Pray that God blesses him with food and warmth. There are many like him who are out there struggling to survive. I must admit, before college... I did not have a heart for the homeless. I was actually very scared of them and thought they were all out to get me for whatever they needed. But, I have found that to be quite untrue. Their are some... I do not have respect for... who I don't think have the right to be on the streets (those who are capable of a job and use others to obtain money for drugs, alcohol, etc...). Yet, there are many like my friend who are not mentally capable and who have many psychological issues... those on the streets I respect because they respect me.
I also ask that you remember the elderly. The snow and ice can be most dangerous for them along with the extremely cold weather. Pray that they keep in good health and that God watches over them... that they do not fall, or catch pneumonia.
And while you pray for these 2 groups of people... enjoy our sweet blessing from above. I'm most sure God was looking down at His children today with a smile on His face as He watched us play, drink hot cocoa, eat snow cream, and sit by a warm cozy fire. Makes me think of the book "If Jesus Came to my House." I'd play with Him, make Him hot cocoa, and give Him the coziest seat next to a toasty fire in the fireplace..... someday :)
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