Have you ever made a snowman? When I was growing up our snow was the perfect ‘snowman snow’ : wet and good for packing.
The first snowfall had us five kids quickly running to struggle into our snowsuits, scarves, mittens, hats, and boots,and asking Mom to find us a carrot and some clothes for our soon-to-be snowman.
But although we started out working each to his own, gathering the snow into small balls (some saved for throwing later!) and starting to roll into larger balls, it soon became clear that we would have to work together to make the three large snowballs needed for our new ‘friend’.
Much like each individual and absolutely unique snowflake became the small snowball by clinging together and becoming one bright orb, we children had to learn to work together to meld our small snowballs into the three huge ones that we needed for our sculpture to come to life.
Then, we had to push together on each snowball to get more and more snow because it was so hard to move. And finally we had to lift together to stack the two, heavy snowballs onto the biggest one at the base. Working together and helping each other was so much fun and then finally, dressing up our ‘guy’ was the final joy.
These days we can’t physically work together to help each other so what can we do? We can come together in prayer! We can reach out to each other with a phone call, Zoom call, letter,email…. We can still come together in spirit and uplift each other and like the final dressing up of the snowman we can adorn each other…with love!
(p.s. the above photos were taken around my neighbourhood. I love the ‘Zooming’ snowman!)