Let is snow

February 27, 2009

Faith Outdoors

Like many others, I was not happy with the snow that got dumped on us yesterday. Yet, at the end of the day, I couldn’t help but reflect on the opportunities it created to be a Good Samaritan.

First, there was the chance to do some snow removal for my neighbors. I have a large, sturdy snowblower that has worked well over the years and I was able to put it into service once again. I was able to do, not only my own driveway and sidewalk, but my next-door neighbor’s as well, plus a few other neighbors’ sidewalks.

Here’s the neat part — I ran out of gas just as I was finishing. The tank on my snowblower was empty and so was the tank in the garage. I did not have a lot of gas at the start and I was worried I would run out before I finished. So, I asked God to help me finish the job before the tank ran dry. Thanks be to God for answering my prayer!

Then, right after I finished, I was able to help some folks get their cars unstuck. It’s nice to be able to come to the rescue and this snowstorm created plenty of opportunities for that. This being Lent, I felt like it was good timing for an event like this. A bonus was being able to get my two teenage sons involved. After we got the second vehicle out of the snow, I turned to the boys and simply said, “If you ever have the opportunity to help someone else, do it.”

Hopefully, it’s a lesson they’ll practice and never forget.

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About Dave Hrbacek

Staff photographer and writer for The Catholic Spirit. Also, avid outdoors enthusiast with a passion for hunting, fishing and photography. Married to Julie and have four children, three boys and a girl.

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