Winter Descends

blizzard of 2012

The much-anticipated/dreaded blizzard has struck Iowa tonight. We had some thunder and lightning with the snow. That last bit was freaky.

The entire family has been holed up inside today. Despite two-thirds of us getting flu shots, we were all home sick. Even the cat barfed a few times outside the bedroom door.

A young friend of mine has gone missing. He left home too soon in life, lost a job and an apartment, feels estranged from his family, and tragically, is homeless on a night like tonight. Probably holed up in his car somewhere. It looks peaceful white from the inside of a warm home. I imagine it must be bitter on the inside a shell of metal with an empty gas tank and a feeling of estrangement from family and friends. So, if you’re reading, offer up a prayer if you would. When the young miss emerged from the shower, we read Luke 15:11ff. It was all I could think of. This is a good time of year to come home.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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