First Light: First Snow. 1.3.2019

7:00 a.m. on The Tenth Day of Christmas

dear ones,

This morning we awoke to snow flurries and cloudy skies. The temperature is 34 degrees Fahrenheit at 7:00 a.m., so we don’t expect much snow accumulation for the Midcoast of Maine. In early winter, the warmer ocean temps can affect our air temps along the coast and often inhibit snow from accumulating until we get a bit deeper into winter. It’s the same concept as to why our summers are so cool, in reverse. Our summer air is cooled by the cooler ocean temps.

It was a grand inauguration in Augusta last night with much pomp and circumstance. Preachers and politicians offered stirring speeches. Each week, prayers are said at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. for each state in our Union in succession. This is our prayer for Maine:

Thank you, God, for the State of Maine, reaching ever for the first light of day. As Thy people wake to the Eastern rays, what chowder of nourishment dost Thou prepare for body and soul: concocted so delectably of pine and needles and potatoes, of herring and clams and lobsters in their rocky lairs, of blueberries and new-mown hay and a thousand lakes and little boats brave upon the deep. Of such blessing did our fathers distill their rugged liberty: Grant us grace to win the same, along the country roads and on the fringed and tasseled coast of our wooded land; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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