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Oh No, More Snow, Again

Got up this morning, let the dog out and there it was. A “freshly fallen silent shroud of snow”.
I have always remembered that line. A perfect example of alliteration. Beautifully written to capture the very essence of a quiet Sunday morning after a snowfall. Written by Paul Simon for a song called “I Am A Rock”.

After enduring quite a long winter this year we in Northern Alberta haven’t seen the ground or grass for over three months now. During the past week, the winds have blown pine needles and other debris over the surface of the snow making it quite an ugly sight. Now, a fresh inch of snow has fallen and the landscape is clean again. Pure white, a symbol of Christ. The morning sun has poked through the clouds and the rolling mounds in the fields next door are really beautiful. Praise the Lord for small blessings.

Lyrics; I Am A Rock

Lyrics; I Am A Rock

I know little about Paul Simon, the author of the poem and he has never explained the meanings behind these lyrics. Like all good poets, he has left the interpretation to the reader. Many see a darkness here, prospects of loneliness, of suicide, of shutting out the world. Perhaps they are right. Perhaps it is about pining over lost love or opportunity. There are countless people we encounter every day who are trying to shut out the world and life. They are hurting, they are lost. They see only the dark side of life They are in need of a Savior.

OK Paul Simon, you left the interpretation to the reader, here’s mine:

I have my books
(The collection of books known as the Holy Bible. I have access to the truth and I am free.)
And my poetry to protect me;
(Poetry is harmony, there is harmony in a life with others in Christ)
I am shielded in my armor,
(The best shield we can don is the armor of God)
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
(We are hidden in Christ’s Temple room, safe, but ready for a rebirth from this womb into a whole new life and work each and everyday.)
I touch no one and no one touches me.
( I can reach out to the one in need, but I need not come into contact with his demons. They can’t touch me, I am Christ’s)
I am a rock, I am an island.
(Jesus has told us all, “I am the Rock of your Salvation, the safe island in the storms of life.)
And a rock feels no pain;
(Jesus is our healer, He has taken all our pain.)
And an island never cries.
( In God our tears shall reap in joy, our mourning shall be changed into dancing)


Upon being met with a fresh snowfall some may say, “Oh No, More Snow, Again.” But, in every turn, in every season, there is a reason, an underlying beauty to all God has given and created. Give thanks and enjoy for the Lord is Good.

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Doxology in Jude Takes On a Whole New Meaning

Jude 1:24,25 “Now to Him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”


Over the past week the weather in central Alberta has been fairly mild. Most have counted it as a blessing, a good and pleasant change from normal weather patterns. Yes it is, temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. No new or very little snowfall. No need for the customary heavy winter wear. Roads are finally becoming bare from the ice and snow.

A man clearing the sidewalk with a snowblower during a snowstorm in Boston, Massachusetts

Ontario Snow Storm: Major Snowfall Expected Before System Moves East http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

Compare that with what Eastern Canada and North East USA has received since last Friday, we out west can feel fairly blessed. There is a tendency though to feel a bit of smugness seeing reports that the east coast struggled with what is often the norm for much of the northwest North America. Shoveling snow is more than a twice weekly event and temperature wind chills below 20° C. Whats new?

One of the difficulties with this, defrost during the day and refreeze each night, is that many sidewalks get trickled with melted moisture and then freeze making walking treacherous at times. There is a tendency for water to pool at the end of driveways and wheelchair ramps and when that water freezes they become very slippery.

In our neighborhood, several of us have managed to maintain our sidewalks and prevent much of this from happening with the use of gravel and salt and chipping where needed. Other areas in our community have not been so maintained. I had the adventure of having to walk much of those unmaintained areas today. Today was not a pleasant day to be outside with winds reaching 40 knots and gusts over. A type of day upon which G.K. Chesterton would have written his little essay “On Running After One’s Hat”.

“You can safely apply the test to almost every one of the things that are currently talked of as the typical nuisance of daily life.

For instance, there is a current impression that it is unpleasant to have to run after one’s hat. Why should it be unpleasant to the well- ordered and pious mind? Not merely because it is running, and running exhausts one. The same people run much faster in games and sports. The same people run much more eagerly after an uninteresting little leather ball than they will after a nice silk hat. There is an idea that it is humiliating to run after one’s hat; and when people say it is humiliating they mean that it is comic. It certainly is comic; but man is a very comic creature, and most of the things he does are comic, eating, for instance. And the most comic things of all are exactly the thing$ that are most worth doing such as making love. A man running after a hat is not half so ridiculous as a man running after a wife.

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So I do not think that it is altogether fanciful or incredible to suppose that even the floods in London may be accepted and enjoyed poetically. Nothing beyond inconvenience seems really to have been caused by them ; and inconvenience, as I have said, is only one aspect, and that the most unimaginative and accidental aspect of a really romantic situation. An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”

I have bad knees which tend to give out and my sense of balance is diminishing which is the main reason which caused me to retire and a reason for which I needs take daily walks. Today was my paper route day. 22 blocks in a unmaintained area of town. As I gingerly stepped on and around numerous patches of icy sidewalk, Jude 1:24 kept repeating through my mind. “Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling,”

I did neither slip nor fall. Thank you Lord, to you “all glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”

Snow – Oh Joy!

It is snowing like crazy today. I am off to shovel the sidewalks, – again.

As I venture out, warm jacket, hat with ear muffs, winter boots, wooly gloves, scarf – It can be a trial just getting dressed. I’m pondering, “Is snow a weather condition, sent by God, meant to try our patience? Our endurance?

Then I recall that famous quotation from G. K. Chesterton, on discribing the Battersley floods:
“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.”

Even though this be a minor in terms of what could be called severe weather, my sympathies to you all,

I pray that the snow keeps up. Then, God willing, it won’t come down.

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