Excerpted from the March / April 2014 issue of Christian Woman Magazine.
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, unpredicted snowfall, rapidly dropping temperatures, and sudden school closings set the scene for major traffic delays in many southern cities, including my hometown of Birmingham, Ala. Within hours of the first snowflake, heavy traffic clogged major interstates, and accidents blocked many byways. Without warning, scores of employees were stranded at work while other citizens found themselves trapped while doing errands. As the hours dragged on, throngs of motorists ran out of gas or reached impasses and abandoned their cars in favor of finding shelter in homes or businesses opening as warming shelters.
In stark contrast to the frigid weather, heartwarming acts of kindness quickly turned strangers into friends. Across the region, students numbering in the thousands were stranded at school overnight, but administrators comforted worried parents that teachers would care for their pupils until the last families were safely reunited.