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Beautiful Snow

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

We had snowfall yesterday here in Salisbury - and it is pretty.

Now for my readers in Canada and Minneapolis, snow may not be a big deal, but one of my wife's big joys of life is playing in the snow and when we in the process of moving down here to Salisbury it was made pretty clear that with the way Salisbury is located on the Eastern Shore, we would not see much (if any) snow.

Of course, my wife is out of town in Ohio and not able to join us in the snow (I love you dear if you are reading this), but it is nice to have some snow here in Salisbury, and to me it bodes well for the rest of the winter.

Snow has some qualities about it that make it different from just about anything else. Snow is white and gives the appearances of being pure (at least until the cars and kids track in it). It is light and it covers everything. I am sure most of you know snow and have your own view of snow.

Repeatedly in the Bible we have allusions to snow. A few favorites of mine for you to ponder on this snow day are below:

Snow reminds us of the cleansing that we have through the blood of Jesus Christ.

Psalm 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Snow reminds us of the value of being a faithful messenger.
Proverbs 25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.

Snow reminds us of the promise that God's Word will accomplish the purpose for which it is sent.
Isaiah 55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Snow reminds us of the message of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Mt 28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Just my thoughts on this snowy day,


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Don said...

Hi Frank,

You might not believe it, but we rarely have snow here. We live on the "Wet Coast", warmed by the Japan Current and only get snow if a mass of cold air slides down off Alaska to interact with the warm moist air off the Pacific. We have regulations in place to prevent that happening, but they are not completely successful!

In fact, we actually had snow a couple of weeks ago, for a very rare Nov snowfall. I think that is the second time in 20 years here that I have seen snow in Nov. We have gone three years here without snow.

Where I grew up, though, it was entirely different. I saw snow in every month except July and August while growing up in Alberta. Of course, I only saw it once in June! It was kind of 'cool' to get a snow day in June.

So... my kids pray for snow every year. This year they got some early and are even talking of praying in a white Christmas. May the Lord preserve us!

Don Johnson
Jer 33.3

Frank Sansone said...

Pastor Johnson,

I knew Seattle is wet, but I never thought about you guys being wet up there as well. (Hmm... that could be taken a couple of ways :)).

I took the kids sledding on Tuesday afternoon at what seems to be the only hill in town and they had a blast. Only wish Mommy could have been there instead of in Ohio.