Tuesday, December 7, 2010

breathtaking

Thirteen degrees in Charlotte this morning, a record low. The kind of weather that'll take your breath away when you first go outside. Bracing but refreshing, too, in a Peppermint Patty kind of way. I think of my cousin Kay from Birmingham in her red wool coat, whose birthday it would have been on Saturday. Now she was a person who knew how to spread warmth. Prayers for anyone who works outside on days like today and for people waiting at the bus stop. For people who don't have a sturdy coat or gloves or proper winter gear, for those without a heated place to stay, a hot meal, hot coffee. And a special prayer of thanks, for Kay.

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