Frozen Allegheny River 1 24 2014 (Courier Photo/William McBride)

Frozen Allegheny River 1 24 2014 (Courier Photo/William McBride)

I have a little confession to make. I do not often make public confessions, but confession is good for the soul. My confession, however, has nothing whatsoever to do with my soul. Simply put, I am cold to the bone!

I guess I have been colder but I am suffering from brain freeze right now

I was hoping all that chatter about global warming was somewhere in the neighborhood of being true. If so, nobody happened to send the memo to Mother Nature. With the sophistication of our communication technology today, I am not sure how this memo failed to get to her. Of course, they could have sent the message with one of those infamous government computers. We all know how reliable they are.

Another thought along this line is that maybe Mother Nature got the memo all right, but, like all good mothers do, ignored it and went about her own business. After all, mothers really do know best even when it does not seem so at the time.

However, I am cold and need some encouragement or at least some warm thoughts along this line. The warmest thought I have had recently has been that I have relatives in colder areas then I am. I must confess it does make me feel a little better, just not that much warmer.

Where I live we don’t have that cold stuff that piles up on the ground like they do up north keeping you from getting to where you want to go.

Whoever was singing, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” please stop singing, Christmas is over. Start dreaming about something a little warmer than all of that white stuff, like a Green Easter.

This probably has been the coldest winter in a good long time and it got me to thinking, after all, what else can you do when everything is frozen?

With all the advancements in science and technology, why is it we cannot control the weather? Something as simple as the weather and nobody seems to be able to control it.

Politicians will get up and spout off at how they are going to change things and control things and improve things. Well, Mr. Politician, why don’t you begin with the weather? Change the weather for a change.

Why can’t these big shots control the weather? They spend a lot of time (and our money) trying to control us. They now want to tell us what we can eat and cannot eat and how much soda we can drink at any one time. They tell us how much of our money we need to send back to the government so they can raise their salaries and increase their benefits.

It seems quite a paradox that when our country is going through hard times and people who pay the taxes have to tighten their belts that it is time for politicians to vote on a raise in their salary. For once, I would like to see these political big shots vote on decreasing their salary and standing alongside the American people. The danger of that is, it would be such a shock to the American people that people would be dropping dead left and right.

So why can’t these people control the weather? Why can’t they pass a law regulating the temperature? They have a law regulating everything else. Why not the temperature? Why not the weather?

I am for having some of these politicians put together one of their infamous “subcommittees,” sit down with Mother Nature and negotiate something that will make everybody happy, like warm weather. I would like to see some of my tax dollars go for something that would benefit everybody instead of some party at some insignificant political convention.

Personally, I think Mother Nature would be easy to work with under such circumstances as we have today. Every mother has a nurturing side and I believe there is no exception here with good old Mother Nature. Maybe she does not know how inconvenient this cold weather has been for us. I think she would be willing to negotiate a long these lines.

I would like to select the politicians to be on this committee myself. I have my own list and would be happy to set it up. The reason is, I know that when one of those politicians throws his chest out and begins one of those mind-numbing speeches, and you know they will, they always do, it will irritate Mother Nature. Boy, would I love to see her light into one of them. Nothing is more awesome than the fury of Mother Nature.

Besides, nothing is more idiotic than men or women, big in their own eyes, pontificating on things they cannot control as if they had any say in it.

I think if you cannot control something as commonplace as the weather you had better find out who can and align yourself up with that person.

The Bible tells us exactly who that is. “The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet” (Nahum 1:3).

I do not have to deal with Mother Nature, who incidentally does not exist; I deal with God who controls all things and I am happy to have him control my life as well.

Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or e-mail His web site is

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