It wasn’t a lot of snow.
It didn’t even cover the ground because of all the rain that preceded it and the mild temperatures of the days before.

But it snowed here today. It snowed for an hour and a half where we were. Big, wet flakes that vanished when they hit the ground, but that calmed and silenced the air in that way only falling snow can.

After school, Maria decided to catch some snowflakes on her tounge, and I was quick enough to remember the camera on my new Treo 700p:

Not only did I get these nice pictures, but I got
this video too.

I got such joy from Maria’s enjoyment of the snow, that for a moment I was taken back to how fun the dream of snow was when I was a kid. Snow is mostly a dream around here. We get lots of ice, and a few bursts of actual cold. And then we get lots of mild days in between. But snow?
Very rare in these here parts.

So, when it comes, it’s really important to pause to take the time to enjoy it.

Kind of a metaphor for life, if you think about it. We get so rushed with all the really “important” and “adult” things we’re doing. And, to a certain extent, they are important things. But yesterday, I was so wrapped up in my own thoughts, feelings, and fears, that I almost missed the snow.

I mean, I saw it. I saw it falling. I looked out the car window and thought, “Oh yeah…it’s snowing…”

Not, “HEY! It’s SNOWING!!!”

So, how blessed I am to remember to pull out the camera phone. How blessed I am to have a daughter reminds me of the appropriate response to snow. This:

And if fell where you were, I hope you took a break to enjoy it too, and did not simply glance at it sideways out the office window.

Because, like most joys of life, snow is a blessing you shouldn’t just pass up. Like life itself, the weather on some days is cold and rainy, and on many others just mild and boring.

So when snow comes, celebrate it. No matter how much or how little you get.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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