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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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