Last Friday evening, we had our first snow of the season in Sun Prairie. It was a beautiful snow that stuck to the trees and covered everything in a light blanket of white. I woke in the middle of the night to watch it gently fall and see the crystals sparkle in the moonlight. There were some boys out throwing snowballs and laughing. I fell back asleep thinking about the beauty and joy I had experienced from my window.
When asked, I always say I prefer the cold to the heat. I say that I love the snow and that I don’t get cold. I don’t even own a real winter coat. Laying there that night I thought about how glad I was that winter had finally arrived. And then, I thought about those who had a different feeling about that evening. I started thinking about those who dread the cold and saw that night as the start of another long, cold winter.
I can say I don’t mind the cold, only because I don’t ever have to be cold. I don’t have to shovel the snow. I don’t have to work out in the elements. I don’t have to walk to work. I leave my house in a car that was parked in the garage all night and turn on my heated seats. I come home to a warm house and a bed covered in blankets. The extent of my time outside is the walk from my car to the mall to buy things I don’t really need, or the groceries I have no trouble paying for, or the church that welcomes me with open arms. I can say I don’t mind the cold, because I don’t really have to experience it.
I wish I knew how to help those who are really cold and hungry. Those who don’t have a home, or have to choose between buying food or heating their house. Struggling to find something to be thankful for. I really do wish I knew what to do. How best to help. Where to turn to make an impact on the world around me.
I am so thankful for all that I am lucky enough to have. I don’t know why I was lucky enough to be born into a good family, marry a man that can support me, have children that I love so much. I pray that I find a way to help those who are cold and hungry this winter. Please help me to share all that you have blessed me with.