Thursday, January 9, 2014
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As I write, Environment Canada has reported that a combination of dangerous snow squalls with extreme wind chills of -35C to -40C will produce frequent blizzard conditions for this afternoon and evening.

The combination of a fresh, heavy snowfall from last night's storm along with intense snow squalls and bitter wind chills poses a life-threatening risk for anyone outside for any duration, or stranded in vehicles if roads become snow-blocked, Environment Canada says. Schools and some highways are closed; school buses and various programs are cancelled due to the storm, in the hope of avoiding any dangerous situations that could arise.

The newscaster on the television warned people to stay indoors and not drive. It is indeed a scary and unsafe situation for people who are homeless and those without power.

As I look outside my living room window, I see nothing but white; even my neighbour's house has vanished for a few moments. I am warm and safe and thankful that I have a roof over my head and food to eat.

My mind turns to the less fortunate: the homeless men, women, and children, who are scrambling for cover in an alley or wherever they can find a small space just to stay alive. I think of the various places that open their buildings and provide food to the people who have no shelter to keep warm.

James 2:15-16 – Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, "Goodbye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well" — but then you don't give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? (NLT)

And I ask myself what it is that I can do to help.

It was as if God heard me, and the other day, a request for a loaf of sandwiches for the "Out of the Cold" program came over the Internet. I quickly e-mailed the coordinator and told her that I was willing to donate the sandwiches. She was very thankful.

It is by just such a small act as donating that many mouths are fed. If you can't make a load of sandwiches, perhaps you can donate your time of listening and sharing or supporting someone who is in need of clothing, education, and food.

Prayer: Creator God, thank You for blizzards that help us to realize how blessed we are and that encourage us to share our resources with others. Direct us and continue to show us how we can help and therefore do Your will to help our community in need. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good word Rosemary. So true.

    Thank you Rosemary, and Thank you for helping out the needy. A great start to the New Year. All the Best.

    Thank you, Rosemay, for reminding us in a very thoughtful and practical way in which the average Christian can express Christian love to the needy.

    Dear Rosy,
    We need to be reminded of others less fortunate than ourselves, AND to do whatever we can to help them.

    Thanks for the reminder of the fact we are our brothers keeper and be willing to give. Small amounts have a way of helping someone who is hungry or a coat, socks and anything to keep someone warmer.

    Rosy, What a wonderful devotional, so encouraging. So many have been affected by this polar vortex chill, but especially the homeless in both our countries. We’ve had animals affected as well by being left out in the cold. During this cold/flu season, let us remember those who suffer from these ailments as well as having to contend with the cold weather. Thanks for reminding us. Blessings.

    Cannot imagine such weather. Dear Heavenly Father, Please take care of Rosy, her family, as well as the homeless.

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