Folks all over the area have sure felt the cold and snowy blast of winter the last few weeks.

Neighbors hopes you who are reading this didn‘t suffer any terrible hardships, however.

And maybe — just maybe — you can even work up the ability to be thankful for the weather.

Somebody did, by putting new words to the old hymn “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.”

This revised hymn was passed on to Neighbors by Ellyn Roe, Seattle, who had received it from her daughter, Lisa Martinez. Here it is:

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Praise God From Whom All Blizzards Flow

Praise God from whom all blizzards flow,

When snow comes down and cold winds blow!

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Praise God for shovels, gloves and plows

When four-foot drifts surround your house!

If more snow falls, praise for snowballs.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

@2019 Linda Bonney Olin Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Lisa found this wintry version of the hymn on Facebook. The lyrics were written recently by Linda Bonney Olin.

By the way, Lisa (who has several relatives in Fargo-Moorhead), her husband Noe Martinez and their two daughters are missionaries in Papua New Guinea, which may be just a shade or two warmer than it’s been in the Midwest.

And now on a much warmer note, happy Valentine’s Day to each and every one of you neighbors!

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107, fax it to 701-241-5487 or email