1. In the early hours of the morning he sent forth his minions, Isen and Klad. They would freeze the ground and the air preparing the land for the snow storm that Ymir would bring. When Ymir arrived he spread his white cloak blinding anyone who was outside. Those that could not get back to their homes wandered helplessly and soon succumbed to the bitter cold. He placed layer after layer of white crystals burying anything smaller than a rain barrel. Hour after hour he ravaged the countryside, howling and laughing at the villagers huddled in their homes. As darkness approached he tired of this game. Gathering his henchmen together they headed back north. He knew that his adversaries Sol and Eir would not abandon the people. They would come and bring the warmth of day. There would be the healing of despair from the ravages of winter. Soon there would be the bright colors of spring. Assorted greens, violets, yellows, reds and blues. New life will stir in the forests and the brooks will sing their melodies as they cascade from the melting snows of the mountains.
The cold and dreary Monday morning seeps into my mind creating fantasies of winter as I patiently wait for spring.
2. I have a cold this week. When I was a young lad my Mom always made sure I had chicken soup. The old adage, “feed a cold, starve a fever” always comes to mind. Chicken soup “may contain a number of substances with beneficial medicinal activity.” All I know is that Mom always made it for me and it contained love.
I’m one of those who feels better when my stomach is full. Eating helps keep “your nutrient levels up” while you’re fighting a cold. So it works for me.
3. Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. This is a favorite time of year for me. It is a sign that spring is coming. The flowers and trees coming to life like the resurrection of Jesus. It is a time of prayer and Scripture reading. A time for repenting and fasting.
4. My brother Tom’s favorite song by the Animals.
5. The Flawed Disciple, his posts have been few over the last couple of years, but when he writes it is with a simplistic yet powerful message. On Wednesday he wrote about being free, changes we face and commitment to God. Please take a moment to read as you reflect on Lent.
6. Our son Todd was invited to speak at the Rocky Mount Preparatory in North Carolina. His talk, delivered to the students spoke of choices and heroes. Please take a moment to read his message at “Voice & Scholarship.”
7. Sunday, at 2PM, starts "Daylight Saving Time.” Spring forward by moving your clocks one hour ahead. There is an interesting article by David Dickinson at “Universe Today.”
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