Snow!

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:
snow1

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:
snow2

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 has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. 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. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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