Iron Mountain ski jump

Iron Mountain ski jump

Sunday, April 12, 2015


CHRIST IN WINTER: Reflections on Faith from a Place of Winter for the Years of Winter… ©

Our older daughter once sold household products door-to-door. She liked it. It gave her confidence. Also she got to meet interesting people

Her customers got more interesting than usual when they learned that her father was a minister, for folks always assume, when they find out you are a PK [Preacher’s Kid] that you should either have to defend your parent’s faith, or that you will be interested in hearing about the customer’s beliefs.

So one of her customers explained to Mary Beth how she depended on the Holy Spirit. “We needed a new refrigerator,” she said, “so I prayed to the Spirit to lead me.”

“What happened?” asked Mary Beth, rather excited about learning how the Spirit leads, and thinking she might receive a tip on how to get a free fridge. “Did you get a new refrigerator?”

“Oh, yes,” the woman said. “I went down to the appliance store and bought one. It was on sale.”

Mary Beth asked me later if it were necessary as a Christian to have the leading of the Spirit to get to the appliance store.

“Some people,” I said, “are more sensitive to the leading of the Spirit than the rest of us are.”

John Robert McFarland

The “place of winter” mentioned in the title line is Iron Mountain, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula [The UP], where life is defined by winter even in the summer! [This phrase is explained in the post for March 20, 2014.]

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