In The Blizzard

February 16, 2015


“Have you ever traveled to where snow is made, seen the vault where hail is stockpiled, the arsenals of hail and snow that I keep in readiness for times of trouble and battle and war? Can you find your way to where lightning is launched, or to the place from which the wind blows?” -Job 38:22-24 (The Message)


We have heard and seen on the news how New England is being pounded this winter by blizzard after blizzard–two years’ worth of snow in a single month. We in the Rocky Mountains can empathize with huge snows. Many in the East are suffering from the snow and some ask, “Why, God?” Portsmouth NH poet and pastor Maren Tirabassi writes:

I can see God’s light

on the other side of the blizzard

and that is enough.

I can see God’s light

with the eyes of my heart,

on the hands of my neighbor’s shovel,

in my mind a teacher taught,

under hair my mother braided,

and a wool…ish hat

woven by an Indonesian child,

sold by a weary Target clerk,

given by a kind friend

who travels roads

made clear by a snow plow driver

and safe by a state trooper.

I can see God’s light

on the other side of the blizzard

and that is enough.


Rev. Maren C. Tirabassi


Prayer: God of power, God of love, we cannot perfectly know the ways of the weather nor the justice of your provision for the earth. We ask you to give safety and comfort to the multitudes buried under many feet of snow, and we beg for faith to see your light on the other side of the blizzard; let that be enough. Amen.

Dr. Bill Mankin

Missions & Ministry Coach
Wyoming Cluster

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