Walk With God"
angel of the Lord encampeth round
them that fear Him, and delivereth them."
give us the courage to face the
that confront us today; thank
you for your
Kind Of Christmas
Our Loving Savior has given
us two different vacations that were very
unusual, to say the least. These two vacations
could be classed as unforgettable.
In 1994, we planned to go visit my children for
the holidays and right before we were to leave
town we heard very bad weather was on the way.
We hurried up the packing and left town right
away, earlier than we had planned, 2 a.m.
We drove a straight 18 hours the first day to
keep ahead of all the ice storms. We arrived in
Liberal, Ks. at 8 p.m. Needless to say we were
both exhausted. We had only stopped a couple
times to pick up fast food and take a potty
break. We ate and went right to bed.
The next morning we got up very early and
checked the weather again and we already had 1/4
inch of ice all over vehicle. What a dilemma! I
dug up a gallon milk jug from somewhere and kept
filling it with warm water and poured it over
all the car windows and lights. That took a
After that I remember promising myself we would
never take another winter trip. WRONG!
In 1996 we decided once again that we wanted to
visit our children over the holidays. We checked
out the weather real thoroughly, and according
to the weather man we should have had a pretty
Everything went fine till a short ways this side
of Tucumcari, N. MX.
We arrived there on Christmas eve and went to
Denny's Restaurant for a bite to eat and were
told all roads out of town were closed due to
severe snow & ice storms. What a surprise that
was. Christmas day we were supposed to arrive at
our daughters home we were yet stranded there.
We stayed over for the second night. Thank God
Denny's was open on Christmas day or I am not
sure where we would eaten all day. That was the
only place open in town.
Leaving Tucumcari, the day after Christmas we
ran into a complete whiteout, the first I had
ever encountered, and I pray the last. You could
see for what seemed like miles, and all you
could see was white snow. It was blinding on the
eyes. There were 6 inch ruts in the road on the
highway and that was the only way you could tell
where to drive.
Occasionally a semi would come along and snow
would go all over the windshield and you could
see nothing. Dick held the wheel tight &
straight & we both did some mighty hard praying.
I started counting vehicles that had gone off
the road just to take my mind off the driving so
I wouldn't drive Dick nuts. But believe me I was
praying as I was counting vehicles. I counted
over 300 by the time we hit El Paso. A few went
off the road right in front of us because they
were going too fast.
It took us over 8 hours to go 120 miles. We
averaged 10 to 15 miles per hour the whole 120
miles. I still kept saying,
"Honey, please go slower." while I was
asking God to get us there safe. This was the
most terrifying experience I have ever been
We had a wonderful visit and when it was time to
leave fear came back, wondering what we would
face on the way home. My daughter knew I was
afraid and she hugged me and said, "Mom, don't
be afraid." Everything will be alright. She was
right, all I had to do was put God in the
drivers seat. Thank you Lord for keeping us safe
and providing us with such a memorable adventure
and such A Beautiful White Christmas.
Author: Delilah M. (Dede) Haas
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