Frost and Chill, Bless the Lord

“A lot of people like snow.
I find it to be an unnecessary
freezing of water.”

-Carl Reiner

It is cold. Most of the country is currently experiencing that. There are areas with merely freezing-cold weather. There are other areas that will be getting over 12″ of snow in the coming days. Most people have to experience the cold, except for you people down South.Cold It is just a normal part of life. Some people enjoy it (I don’t know how or why). Some people enjoy the snow that comes with it. Some people abhor the cold. Most people probably fall somewhere in the middle. But most people have an opinion of the snow and cold. I, for example, absolutely hate the cold; I abhor it, as I like to say. I have experienced it for much of my life, having to live through harsh winters. It can be very easy to get bogged down by the weather, to get angry and frustrated at the weather. I have a tendency to express my feelings that the cold is a result of the Fall. I hate the cold, so much. Unlike Elsa, the cold has very consistently bothered me. And I’m not afraid to express it. Every time I go outside, or every time I come back inside, I make it very known how much I hate the cold, how terrible the cold is.

Earlier, I was thinking about it – about how much I complain about the cold. Firstly, the cold and snow have existence, and have received that existence from the Lord. (Yes, one could make the argument that the cold is a privation, rather than something, but, at the same time, as long as we haven’t reached absolute zero, we still technically have some heat.) And because they have existence, they give praise to the Lord by their existence, and therefore they should be appreciated, to at least a certain extent. All things that possess existence give glory to God as long as they are sustained in existence.

Secondly, the cold and the snow cause me suffering. Many ordinary things cause us suffering, but we accept their reality. However, the Church teaches us of a worthy response to that suffering: redemptive suffering. We can unite our sufferings with those of Christ in His Passion and death. We can take part in the co-redemption of man. Rather than complaining and despairing in the cold, we are able to unite our sufferings with the sufferings of Christ. Our sufferings need not be for nought. It’s a sort of pride when we complain about our sufferings. Why do any of us deserve to not suffer? We don’t. It’s important to swallow our pride and humbly accept our sufferings as being from the Lord – a gift for the sake of our growth in holiness.

Maybe you don’t have as big of an issue with the cold as I do. However, it is important to remember that our sufferings can united to the Lord’s. We can grow in holiness by embracing our crosses as we follow the Lord. We need not needlessly suffer. Embrace your cross, and follow Him.

“Cold and chill, bless the Lord…
Frost and chill, bless the Lord…
Hoarfrost and snow, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”

-Daniel 3:67a, 69a, 70

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