This morning most of us woke up to a fresh blanket of snow. Nearly a foot has fallen in this part of the city of London, and while it looks pretty it has created a mess for many drivers and many people across the region. I don’t know about the rest of you, but this is not my favourite weather. Carl Reiner once quipped, “A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” I think that sums up my feelings about this weather perfectly.

Shortly, I will head out into this frozen mess. I will clean off the car and push some snow aside and head off to church. My hope and prayer is that the snowplow has made its way to St. Aidan’s Church and cleaned things up for those who are brave enough to weather the storm this morning. It is not a very pretty morning in London Ontario. And I’m sure that will cause many people to stay home, particularly our seniors. I suspect our celebration of the Feast of Christ the King will be a little less fulsome on this snowy Sunday morning. My best advice to people is to stay safe, and take all the precautions necessary if you are heading out today. I will be at church to welcome those who can make it.

Shortly, I will go outside grumbling and complaining about this weather. It strikes me that complaint about this snow is really a bit much. I will have to challenge myself to do better. Yes it is cold! Yes there is a foot of snow! Yes I have to shovel! Yes Canadians love to talk weather! But it is after all, just ‘the unnecessary freezing of water.’ While, I will be able to clear away the snow, and drive to my warm church, I am deeply cognizant of the fact that many people across our globe have lost everything to serious and real severe weather. So I have decided that rather than complaining while I clean up this mess, I will pray. I will pray for those who have suffered because of accidents across our region in the last couple of days due to the inclement weather. I will pray for the family of the 42 year old woman who died as a result of a car crash in our city yesterday. I will pray for the safety of the crews who are on the roads across our region in order to try and make the roads safer for you and for me. I will pray for those whose lives have been changed forever in places like the Philippines and across the American Midwest by devastating weather events. I will give thanks for strength to clean up the snow. I will pray for the safety of all who will endeavour to drive this morning to the respective places of worship.

I am headed outside to pray…