Beauty & struggle
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
MORE snow today--they say it is the snowiest winter in Chicago in ten years, but I've lived here longer than that & I don't remember ever having this much snow! It's only my second winter commuting to work by train, though, so I'm definitely experiencing the weather more directly than I used to. I wear my urban hiking boots every single day, & slacks or good jeans; skirts are only on days when the snow is melted & the cold wind isn't blasting. It's exhausting to be picking one's way through snow & slush every day.
This morning I did get my beans in the oven, but I didn't make it to an Ash Wednesday service. That worked out OK, though, because later our guests for tonight e-mailed to say they were swamped with work & needed to postpone. With the snow coming down fast & furious all afternoon, I decided to leave the office an hour early. Had a delicious supper with my husband & stepdaughter, & then my husband & I went to Ash Wed. service at our church. It was good to tromp through the snow/slush with him, because he kept calling my attention to how beautiful the trees & bushes are with every twig laden with snow.
It was good to be at the service with him & with our church family, & it is good to be entering into Lent. As our pastor said tonight, "lent" means "spring" & expresses the hope that beneath the apparent barrenness & hardship of winter God is at work bringing life.