One of the Old Testament Canticles that is regularly part of the Liturgy of the Hours is Daniel 3:57-88.  In this Canticle we pray:  “All you winds, bless the Lord.  Fire and heat, bless the Lord.   Cold and chill, bless the Lord.  Dew and rain, bless the Lord.  Frost and chill, bless the Lord.  Ice and snow, bless the Lord.”

I have been repeating these lines in my head for the past 2 days as we in northeast Ohio have all of these types of weather (except maybe  fire and heat).  When I am driving in ice and snow, “blessing” the Lord is not my first thought.  It is usually praying for safety.   Still, the mystery of the forces of the universe remain beyond us despite our scientific knowledge.  There is a beauty in all of it.  And there is joy in an unexpected day when you can’t go to school or work because of elements beyond your control.

So with Daniel and the whole church we can pray:  “Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord.”

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