I felt pretty sorry for myself in that bitter cold. The two seconds from my front door to my car hurt. My car didn’t drive well and never really warmed up. Others apparently felt the same: our attendance was down about 40%. I assume people decided it was just too cold to go outside, and I certainly don’t blame them. I was tempted myself!
Over these last few days, I have been thinking a lot about folks who don’t have a warm place where they can wait until it warms up. I know a couple from our Church without walls service who moved back into a tent at the beginning of December. I hope and pray they were able to get into a shelter on the worst nights.
Today, as I walked through downtown Northampton, I missed the usual panhandlers. I hope that means they had a warm place to be instead of standing on the sidewalk. But then I wonder what they do for money when they can’t be around to receive a little help from people wandering by.
Thankfully, things seem likely to warm up a bit this week. But the last few weeks have made me very grateful for the blessings of a warm home, a steady income, and a car to get me where I need to go. And I pray for those who do not enjoy the same blessings. May God protect them through this winter!