Advent Devotional: Joyous in the Snow

Scripture: Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song (Psalm 28:7).

There are times in life of pure exhilarating joy. Such was the Christmas season when our dad made a bobsled for Dave, my brother, and me. We were old enough to be trusted with more advanced sledding rather than using our ancient red and green sled. Dad welded together metal pipes for the runners of the sled. In our part of Ohio we had rolling hills but mostly flat farmland. So when it came time to look for good places to sled, naturally, the best place was “Keefer’s Hill.” We hiked through the woods to the neighbor’s farm. The Keefer family welcomed us and our friends every time we had what we called a “good snow.” Everyone brought their sleds and saucers. But no one had a sled such as ours! Oh, what a ride that sled gave us! When the pipes got wet from the snow, they were slick, and we fairly flew down that hill, screaming and hollering all the way! Of course, everyone wanted a ride, and we quickly learned how much fun it was for all of us kids to share what we had until we were so cold we could no longer feel our fingers and toes. We would trudge back through the woods, our sled lightly gliding along behind us, frozen and worn out, but with hearts brimming with pure joy. Later on, Tom and Cat, our younger siblings, inherited the grand bobsled and, for certain, experienced that same exhilarating joy.

My heart is thankful for parents and family who taught and grounded us in the strength and joy of knowing and serving the one true God. With Him as the center of life, joy is found all around.

Fran May and her husband, Barry, have two children and five grandchildren. Fran is retired from “the best vocation ever,” elementary education.