Title: Wint’a in DC, Summ’a in Montpeli’a
Date: April 23, 2015
In Northern New England on snowy days, our newscasters wear sweaters and turtlenecks. It’s a warm reflection of dressing with Yankee casual practicality. Awakening in a Washington D.C. hotel to a TV wintry weather report, I noticed their button-down weatherman was jacket-free and tie-less, thus reflecting a Beltway version of his Yankee colleagues’ relaxed pragmatism. His weather map showed expected amounts – ¼ inch here, ½ inch there. Warnings and cancellations scrolled across the screen: all schools canceled; government offices – essential personnel only; highways – dangerous. Our Storm Center forecasts its snow in feet, not fractions – “two feet at the coast, four feet in the mountains. Traffic is slow; schools delayed.”
Contrarily, up here in the summer, I hear locals complain about the unbearable heat if it hits 80 degrees, saying, “It’s hotter than a boiled lobster on the Fourth of July.” Eighty summer degrees for a Washingtonian is considered a cooling trend. It’s all in what you’re used to. We tolerate, even celebrate, these differences.
Overall, Americans are tolerant of weather, of each other, and of religion. While we might disagree about turtlenecks or neckties, feet or fractions, or on which day of the weekend we worship, we do agree there’s room enough for all weathers … I mean religions.
“We agree that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Let’s Pray: Dear God, we’re thankful today that we live in a land where the freedom to practice our various faiths, or not, is secure. Amen.
Here’s a Thought: We are free to worship.