Repeat after me – “At least we are not in New York.” God bless those citizens, especially the emergency workers, road crews, medical teams on the northeast coast of this land.
But here we are, snow-bound again. Some of us may be feeling trapped. But it is not only the snow that can trap us inside, is it? All of us, at one time or another, are trapped within ourselves. Perhaps it is a difficult and tenacious personal issue that we don’t want to address. Or a troublesome relationship. Or a body that just isn’t behaving as it is supposed to. Or loneliness. What to do?
I recall the story of rescue workers struggling their way through mountains of collapsed buildings after the devastating earthquake in Haiti back in January, 2010. Workers did not give up on one pile of rubble because something beckoned them to continue. An elderly woman, trapped and injured, was singing a song. A hymn of faith. When feeling trapped, perhaps we can sing. It may not solve our problem, but it will heal our hearts and open us to the presence of God. See now, the Lord is the God of my salvation I have trust now and no fear, for Yahweh is my strength, my song, he is my salvation. (Is. 12:2, New Jerusalem Bible)
Hang in there everyone – stay safe, keep warm. Spring will be spring to life again.