The Christian, on the other hand, is much more blessed than this. He or she has the gift of eternal life through the life, death and resurrection of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ. That’s where we get our name. We are Christian because we are Christ’s. We use the air we breathe to praise the God who gives it to us because of Christ. We work with the health God has given us to bring glory to the One who has given it to us because of Christ. Whether the air is cold or hot, we find God in it, and we praise him for being there for us.
My suggestion is simple. Try to find something other than the temperature to talk about when you meet and greet people. Perhaps when they remark about the cold, you can reply with, “With the temperatures being so dangerously cold, I’m sure glad that it is no match for God. Once again He has kept me in his grace, restores my faith in him through his Son, and I face the temperature and the world with great hope and confidence because I know that no matter what comes my way, I am a child of God, and my Father will never leave me nor forsake me.”
Walk away from someone after saying that, and I’ll bet you can return an hour later and their face will still be frozen with their jaw hanging open, and it will have nothing at all to do with how cold it is.
May God keep you warm with his love this winter, as you find new ways to share that love with those he places in your life.
The Rev. Andrew Wollman is pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Goshen.