Grace in a Winter Storm

Reindeer & Winter

The winter storm in Michigan was brutal. I had left early in the morning hoping to get to my mother’s nursing home before it became too bad—but it was already bad. In some places I couldn’t see the road and just followed tire tracks in the snow. I hit a patch of ice and lost control of the car. I veered toward a ditch before the car went into a spin. I think it made two complete revolutions. The engine died and I sat still in shock. My car was still on the road and there were no other vehicles in sight. I started the engine and drove on. Further on the car slipped and fish tailed a couple more times, but I reached my destination safely. I praised God for his protection.

I spent the day with my mother at the nursing home. She was glad to see me, but a little confused about who I am. We joined the hymn sing in the activity room. Mom was able to join in when the hymn, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, came up.

The nursing home was decorated for Christmas and my eye was drawn to the nativity scenes. I pushed my mother’s wheel chair up to a display in the dining room.

Grace - Nativity

Later I paused at the display in the lobby of the nursing home.


But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Galatians 4: 4-5

I stayed with my mother until evening, and then went to a hotel to wait out the storm.

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By Carol

Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.


  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences! We were thinking of you but had no idea how bad the road conditions were there. I’m thankful you made the trip safely and could spend time with your mom as you had planned. Love and Christmas blessings!

  2. I’m so thankful the Lord protected you and kept you safe. Your trip to the nursing home brought up so many memories to my mind. I miss those sweet visits with my dear Mom, and I don’t think I will ever get over losing her. Enjoy every moment, sweet friend. God bless you and your precious mother with a wonderful Christmas season.

  3. That was a dangerous drive! Am glad you made it out there okay! It must be hard when your parent does not recognize who you are. Thanks so much for linking to ALL SEASONS – much appreciated! Have a blessed Christmas, Carol!

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