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Snow prowl
Katrina Harrmann
by Katrina Harrmann
January 21, 2024

There’s usually one night (somewhere near the middle of winter) when my family—tired of being stuck inside—decides to go out for a snow prowl. This requires two things:

  1. A big bright moon
  2. Several inches of snow

It’s always decided on the fly, and we bundle up in thick layers of coats, hats, and gloves and troop out late—usually around 8 or 9 p.m. What follows is an hour or so of exploring our local woodsy trail by the light of the moon and our headlamps.

We slip and slide on the ice and snow; step cautiously through dark, deep drifts; smack snow off tree branches with our mittens; and listen for owls. An outing that would have been cold, lonely, and dark all alone becomes something to enjoy and remember because we’re all together. 

Togetherness is a wonderful thing.

Our lamps help us see better. When one person falls down, there is another mittened hand to pull him back up again. There are multiple sets of eyes to point out unseen obstacles or deer tracks … more ears to listen for owl calls. 

“How good and pleasing it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1). We aren’t meant to walk alone. The journey is much easier—and enjoyable—with folks around us to ease the way and share our burdens. “So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:5).