Added 18 Jan: Well, the news teams finally realized that this was severe weather.  Check it out here.

This last Friday, ice hit Texoma. We had an ice-storm that lasted deep into the night. It came and went all day Saturday AND Sunday! The net result, well, see for yourself…

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That’s ALL ice — even the parts that look like snow! The road is one huge sheet of ice.

Cars are sliding everywhere. On Monday, my wife and I went to Altus, a city (it probably doesn’t deserve a name that makes it sound so big) that’s about 35 minutes from our town. As we were driving down the ice – er, um, road — I saw a car on the side of the road.

It was very obviously stranded. There were two people inside, as I saw when I drove by. I did not stop. I’m not sure why. But now, I feel like I denied Christ. In Matthew 25, the famous (or is it infamous) parable of the sheep and the goats, Jesus says that when we reach out to those in need, we are reaching out to Him. In Luke 10, Jesus tells us that ANYONE in need is our neighbor and, like the good Shiite -er, Samaritan — we are to reach out to them.

Remember the second greatest commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Our neighbor is that person stranded in the car, am I too busy to help myself? Then why can’t I take time to help them? Our neighbor is the person who has no one to visit them in the hospital, the jail, or the nursing home. Am I too busy to reach out to them? Not if I treat them as I treat myself.

I, for one, indulge myself. How come it’s so hard to indulge others? I need to love others AS MUCH AS myself, not just a lot. I don’t know about you, but this is something I’ve truly got to work on!

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