"For wisdom, like money, is a shelter, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom can save the life of its owner... The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it." --- Ecclesiastes 7:12, Proverbs 22:3
Well, the good news is Tom, Naomi and I are fine, but in nearly 30 years here, we'd never experienced such a ghastly blizzard. Go here if you want to see what our Friday resembled. ( I loved that guy's opening camera idea.)
Our electricity remained on. Now, on Saturday our heater was blowing cold air, but thankfully we figured out why, ourselves, within a half-hour or so. Long, kinda scary story. Let's not go there.
We don't even watch local news, but still, for the prior week online we spied warnings. "Be prepared!," they said. Preaching to the choir, right? Which reminds me, check this out, below. Just one more reason why it's wisdom and kindness to be a prepper.
(The Buffalo airport closed on Christmas Eve and isn't due to open until tomorrow, the 28th! Buffalonians are used to snowstorms, but this was tragic-bad. A generational storm they're calling it.)
On Sunday, Christmas, the snow (mostly) stopped, still no snowplows, but the travel ban in our county was downgraded to an advisory. Yet we three were cozily here already and Christmas was lovely. An afternoon turkey dinner,cherry pie and football on tv.
See my stack of Christmas gift books?
My favorite game? It's called Books. You place books by genre and alphabetically by author upon your shelves. When you receive new ones, you tuck them amongst your old book friends then later, surprise! Just like at a city library you come across ones you've never before read.
Monday? No additional snow. No city snowplows down our street, either. Neighbor Mike's friend ran his snowblower along our sidewalks.
Today, Tuesday, sunshine this morning! Oh, and mail, the first since last Thursday. (That old saying, "Neither rain nor sleet nor gloom of night...."? Yeah, not here in Buffalo. Been ignored many times in past years, past storms.) シ
Hmm. No, after all, I'll not share the really bad news with you. Instead, if you wish, you can search for the tragic headlines online. Or watch more videos like from the storm chaser, Reed Timmer (who also helped rescue folks from the snowy chaos).
Coming out of this storm, I realize (more than ever) that the Bible was correct about wisdom. It truly can save our lives if we heed it.
But then, God is always right, whether people take Him seriously or not.
"Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. ..." --- Proverbs 3:13-18
Oh, and if you're brave, check out the frozen houses along the Lake Erie shoreline. Wow. Other years have looked similar, but I think this is the worst.
Please join us in praying for the families of those who lost loved ones in such tragic ways.
SNOW ANGELS: One local snowmobile group rescued dozens of people during the storm and took essential workers - including nurses, police officers and doctors - to work safely!!! (story and photo courtesy of WKBW)
Oh and when I wasn't watching football or movies or reading my new books, I was watching first-time reactions to It's a Wonderful Life over at Youtube. I admit, I was giggling at how so many young folks were crying over the ending and declaring this the best Christmas movie, ever. Oh, how it did my heart much good!
“Do not turn away from wisdom and she will guard and protect you; Love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme—so get wisdom." --- Proverbs 4:6,7
Please remember: My posts are always about more than they appear to be.
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15