Immanuel Lutheran Church


3000 West Main Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49006

(269) 345-8090

Missouri Synod

A Cold January Day

To say that the wind cut like a knife would not only be cliché but it would be inaccurate. The wind cut like the edge of a thousand razor blades. The fine dry ice crystals that pretended to be snow swept over the unsheltered flat cemetery ground with an unrelenting belligerent attitude. As if to prove to the human beings gathered in a huddle that this was their prairie and that we were gathered there without their permission. The raw temperature was near 10 degrees (-12C) but with the wind and ice coming out of the Kansas prairie on the strictly horizontal— the cold froze your eyes until you wept and then your tears froze on your cheeks. The casket of my maternal grandmother Goldie rested on