In my morning read of the Orange County Register, I cam across an article that reported that despite the coldest winter since 1927 - and one that has so far caused 31 deaths - the Russian Orothodox are not giving up their tradition of celebrating Epiphany by cutting a cross-shaped hole in the ice and taking a plunge into the frigid waters, to commemorate the Baptism of Jesus.
The temperatures have been reported as low as -24 . . . yet even the 12-year-old girl in the picture is following the traditions of her faith.
Let's all remember this the next time we think we're suffering because the choir director insists upon "Shine, Jesus, Shine" for the 6th week in a row . . .