We are a few hours away from being under a "Winter Weather Advisory." While I have several social functions scheduled for today and tomorrow, I am grateful to be in town and not on the road. If the weather gets really bad I have no commitments which demand my presence. I can stay home where I will be safe and warm. In these days of frigid temperatures and blowing snow, I do not take for granted having warm shelter. It is a blessing to have "shelter from the storm."
On December 21, we will once again mark "Homeless Memorial Day" here in Cheyenne. This event is held in cities all across the country on this date because it is the longest night of the year. Obviously, the homeless struggle during the long, cold, and snowy nights. It is appropriate that the memorial service is held on the day with the least amount of sunlight. I have attended the "Homeless Memorial Day" service whenever my schedule has permitted. We call to mind all of the homeless people of the city who have died over the past year. A bell is rang once for each of the deceased after his/her name has been called. If you are one of my readers from the Cheyenne area, the service will be held at noon on Wedenesday, December 21, at the Depot Plaza. (Please note the location change from previous years. It is usually held at the capitol steps, but has been changed to the Depot Plaza due to the construction at the capitol.) If you are not from the Cheyenne area you will have to check the National Coalition for the Homeless website to see if there is one being held in your locale.
The cold snap will affect much of the country in the coming days. If you are safe and warm, give thanks and praise to God. Please consider giving a helping hand to those less fortunate.
As we eneter into the final days of Advent, we prepare to celebrate with the "O Antiphons" beginning tomorrow, December 17. If you are unfamiliar with the "O Antiphons" I invite you to do some research and find out why these days are different from December 17 through December 23.