I think God intended some of this incredible snowfall of recent weeks for me, but missed! Dumped most of it on the Northeast! My 58-year-old baby brother Lynn and his family live up in New England. I was talking to him the other day and he was looking out the window at a seven-foot snow drift. He was anticipating 18 more inches on the way to southern New Hampshire later in the day! He was good-naturedly talking about a new, heavy-duty snow blower he had bought and how they were having to go out several times per day to clear the way to the hot tub. Poor baby! He could be good-natured about it since his wife Mary was out “raking the roof” at the moment. Three feet of snow had accumulated there!
Those poor folk up there have had it rough. All because of an over-enthusiastic groundhog this year. Plus, a God wanting to be good to me with a little winter snow who misaimed ever-so-slightly and unloaded a gazillion tons on an already frozen North. But, I’m not complaining to God!
However, darn that groundhog! And where is global warming when we need it? Oh, you know I tease. But these climate matters really are serious. Lots of people right here in America have seriously inadequate shelter for winters like this. Tremendous numbers of folk cannot afford safe, sufficient heat. Transportation for the homebound and poor is difficult for them to arrange. Food runs short. Depression afflicts many people especially in such times.
I thank God for those who know their neighbors and look out for them. Thank God for those persons who run food and shelter centers for people in distress. What would we do if it weren’t for churches, synagogues, mosques and helping agencies of all sorts in emergencies like this? Police, firefighters, hospital personnel, highway workers — the list goes on of people who are skilled, trained, equipped and care. This is what makes for a civilized world.
There are always some folk who oppose such expressions of care for community and society. Some do this out of anger and ignorance, others out of selfishness and greed. Some are ill and not responsible for their behavior. This increases the load for those who persist in caring. To those angels I say thank you. And God bless us all!