Prayer Devotion December 11, 2013

God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ So that everyone he has made may know his work, he stops all people from their labor. Job 37: 5-7


               I can still remember the thrill, in the days of my Pennsylvania youth, when the forecast for snow was in the 6” to 10“ range. Every Pennsylvanian youth knew that a mere 5” would not stop the perseverance of the bus drivers, who insisted on throwing chains on the bus tires just to dash the hopes of young children who considered it there right, that whenever it snowed, to have all day to play in it . We would wait with great expectation for the KDKA radio station’s school closings to be announced early in the morning.  It was quite maddening to listen to the list stated randomly and not in alphabetical order. Finally we would here the magic words; Blairsville/Saltsburg school district closed, we would listen to the list again just to make sure. Then the ensuing whooping and cheering would be coupled with the wild search for all our snow gear. Amid the flying scarves, bread bags (we wore them on our feet to keep them dry), gloves and mittens we would barley catch the backward glimpse of my father as he headed out the front door to go to work as he silently wondering; “Why don’t adults get snow days”?  

         God’s handiwork on Sunday and yesterday, were truly beautiful and peaceful as long as you had no need to travel around. I hope during one of these storms you got the chance to rest from your labors, watch Christmas movies, play with the kids in the snow and drink a warm beverage. God does desire for us to stop and gaze at the beautiful wonder of His creation every day and especially when all that God created is covered with snow. 




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