“Gentlemen, start your engines!” This is  the command given at the Indy 500 so well-known to racing enthusiasts.

Moments before the race, as scores of cars are clustered at the starting gate, the command is given and the roar of horsepower instantly overtakes the din of the massive crowd just seconds before the flag drops and racers put their pedal to the metal hoping to gain an advantage in the first few laps.

(I’m curious if officials have taken the word “gentlemen” out of the phrase in the last few years. Danika Patrick may have changed the language a bit. Does anyone know if it’s now, “Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines?”)

Well, I don’t race cars but there is a race that I do run nearly every winter. It’s my race to get to the bottom of my driveway with my trusted snow thrower before it’s time to start at the top and do it all over again. :(

Yes, friends. It’s that time of year we all know and love. It’s the “removal of snow” season. Are you as excited about it as I am? Probably not. But I’m weird that way. I’m one of those people who likes snow. It reminds me of Christmas and Christmas reminds me of “God with us.”

So I’ve got a suggestion for you. Especially if you don’t like removing snow from your driveway under any circumstance. Why not make your snow removal time, a time of intentional prayer. Thank God for invading our world and becoming human. After all, it’s just you and God, right? Hanging out in his marvelous creation, you might as well make the most of it. Meditate on the joy of Christmas and the wonder of Emmanuel.

I’m not kidding. Give it a try. What have you got to lose? I have found that having a long talk with Emmanuel actually can make the removal of snow more bearable. (I was going to say that it will make it “fun” but that would be a stretch.)

And since we’ve no place to go, “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!”

Something to think about.

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