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On Monday, back when we actually had snow, I got to campus just as the Physical Plant Department was starting to get the campus roads and walks cleared. Since the main drive hadn’t been cleared, the snow that had accumulated on it was packed down pretty hard (which was surprising considering that there shouldn’t have been that much traffic on campus between the time of the snow and my early arrival after dropping my Dad off at the airport). As I stepped out onto the snow covered road, my first thought was, “Mmmmm… Packed Powder… Must go skiing…”

I’ve only been skiing a couple times, but it has been enough to determine that I love it! My first time skiing was with my Boy Scout troop. After that, it wasn’t until Megan invited me up to her home in northwest Pennsylvania along with some friends several years later for a ski retreat of sorts that I had another opportunity. That being so, I had to relearn just about everything, but Megan was a terrific instructor. As a testimony to her instruction, though I started the weekend adamantly asserting that I would in no way try a black diamond, by the end of the weekend, she convinced me to give it a try, and I survived! The following year, when I returned to Megan’s homestead I was actually looking forward to black diamonds! Unfortunately, moving to Missouri has put a stop to my winter ski retreats at Megan’s house for the past two years, so I’m missing the slopes.

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My Dad’s flight got in Friday morning, and despite his suitcases having popped open, he was soon in a cab on his way to meet me at the seminary. He got to campus just in time to join me for Acts & Paul. That evening, my Dad and I went to the symphony where we enjoyed a fine Singles Awareness Day… er… Valentine’s Day program featuring a feisty French conductor.

On Saturday, I did some homework and it snowed. Granted, it wasn’t as much as the east coast received, which Kyrie has adequately documented, but it was enough to make driving on Sunday morning a tad treacherous. Sunday was, of course, my public preaching debut, so I had no choice but to venture out. On the other hand, the snow cut church attendance in half, which made my preaching debut a little less intimidating.

My preaching debut turned out really well. I was very nervous while I was sitting in front of the congregation waiting for the sermon time, but once I got into the pulpit I got into the groove pretty quickly. I was pleased with the final manuscript of my sermon, into which I had put a lot of effort improving during the preceding week, and I got a lot of positive response from the people I talked to after the service. I am looking forward to being able to preach at Memorial again sometime.

Hopefully, I will soon have the manuscript posted over in the documents section, along with an MP3 of my preaching it for those of you who couldn’t be there.

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Yes, it very well could be a White Christmas here in Southeast Pennsylvania. As I write this, snow is gently falling from the sky, covering the ground in a beautiful wintery garment. When I came home from the candlelight service at my home church, I stepped over to the edge of the garage and listened. I listened to the sound of snow. Have you ever heard the sound of snow? Well, it’s not really a sound as much as the lack of sound. It’s the sound of silence, yet it’s a very special silence. The snow dampens even the ambient sounds of the natural world. Everything is hushed, and it would seem a shame to speak more than a whisper.

On the other hand, Christmas morning may not turn out to be so white after all. My Dad has just been looking up the weather, and it is reported that the lovely snow will turn to rain late tonight. That doesn’t bode well for the thin layer of accumulation on the ground right now. Things are looking a bit better in St. Louis, though. My new home city is apparently getting a few inches tonight. Would someone out there confirm that for me?

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When I woke up yesterday, it seemed like a regular day. The alarm went off, I did some snoozing, and when I finally dragged myself out of bed I hopped into the nice warm shower. Nothing like a gloriously warm shower to wake you up. I got dressed, and went into the living room. I walked over to the deck door, pulled the vertical blind chain, and peered out into the morning.

“What the… Snow?!?”

I guess I really ought to pay better attention to the weather report now that winter is upon us. I only vaguely remember hearing something about the possibility of snow coming at some point in time, or something like that, so I was completely surprised when I saw the white blanket over everything yesterday morning. On the one hand I was worried, because, a few minutes later, I had to venture out into it to drive to school. On the other hand, I was happy, because I like snow. It’s good for skiing, and other forms of wintery fun.

The driving wasn’t fun at all. Lots of cars (rush hour) + a highway that showed no signs of having been plowed = driving at 5-10 mph = 45 minutes to make a trip that usually only takes 12-15. Driving aside, however, the snow was so beautiful, and after class was over, I was able to go home and enjoy a hot cup of hot chocolate. Today is even better, because the snow is still here and the roads are all clear. Perfect!

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