This is about the time when we can all say, enough of the snow, time for Spring. One sign of Spring is the time change to Daylight Savings this coming Sunday the 8th. Spring bring hope, flowers, and nicer weather. Before you get too comfortable there is Saint Patrick’s Day snowstorm that usually arrives for one last blast of Winter.
It is probable that the snow fall this year broke, or will break, the record for total snow fall.
About ten years ago in January of 2005 it seemed as it if it was the weekend it was another heavy snow dump in Massachusetts. The records for Boston say 43.3 inches in that one month alone.
I remember one particular weekend we had a Sunday heavy snow storm and the roads were not yet plowed. It happened to be a Sunday that I conducted a Worship Service at a Nursing Home that was not too far away. The fastest way to get there was to walk with my CD Player, CDs, and Bible. Of course I was not sure if anyone was expecting me to show up in the middle of the snow storm. To my surprise the usual group was sitting in place when I arrived on time where I was greeted with “We knew you’d be here”. We had an especially good service that day. The walk back was easier because the roads had been plowed by then.
Nursing Home Ministry and Prison Ministry have some similarities as the people you visit see you as a refreshing break from their loneliness and other issues.
Repeated large snow falls and cold weather can produce what is often called cabin fever, brought on by the extended periods of remaining inside protected from the weather.
These extended periods of time of remaining inside can exacerbate other issues, such as mental health issues.
These extended periods of time of remaining inside can create or exacerbate tensions between people confined together, whether it is in a house, nursing home or prison.
Mental Health or Nervous Issues are not new as you can find them through out history. King Saul seems to have had symptoms of manic depression (cf. 1 Sam. 16:14–23). The Bible mentions others who may have suffered from mental or nervous disorders, King Nebuchadnezzar is an example (Dan. 4:33). Isaiah suffered from Depression, as did President Abraham Lincoln. There were no magic cures or big drug companies back then, yet people were able to deal with their issues and deal with others.
“Proven scientific theories” such as the Earth being flat have changed over time. Medical Science certainly has come a long way generally to the benefit of mankind.
Some changes are good, some are not. Each change must be individually evaluated on its own.
If I may make a simple suggestion that might help in many areas, resist texting and resort to real verbal communication. You’d be surprised how much you can learn about the other person in the same room or across the country by talking. You’d be surprised how many and how quickly issues can be resolved by talking. Yes, listen to the other person. Yes, you may not always agree and you can agree to disagree, however you’ll better understand the other person’s view by talking.
Things like loneliness and depression start to thaw during the beginning of real verbal communication.
The world’s problems can not be resolved in a 140 characters or less. Yes, Enough already let the talking begin.
Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) http://www.narrowpathministries.org and http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org