• Rev. Caroline

Snow white and pure

The sound of children playing. I look out of the window and see three little ones with two adults, enjoying the snow in their front garden. Further along the street there are two men, each with a snow shovel, intent on clearing their driveways so that they can get their cars out onto the road.

And that just about sums it up! The snow is huge fun for some and a massive headache for others, usually with young people in the former category and older ones in the latter.

For all of us, snow is potentially dangerous, and yet it can also be extremely attractive, capable of transforming the dreariest landscape (or even landfill!) into a sparkling, glistening world of whiteness. Cue Bing Crosby: “A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight, walking in a winter wonderland”.

Forget home schooling - let’s go out to the garage and get the sledge … or spades to make a snowman or even an igloo.

Or, for those self-isolating, there is something different to look out to – trees decorated as with white ribbons, curious shapes (is it a bush? a bin? something else?) and vast carpets of pure white beauty.

This brings to mind a verse from the book of the prophet Isaiah (chapter 1, verse 18): ‘The Lord says, “Now, let’s settle the matter. You are stained red with sin, but I will wash you as clean as snow.”’

The verse continues: ‘”Although your sins are deep red, you will be as white as wool.”’

Perhaps the endearing sight of recently born lambs is an even better illustration than pure white snow of the Lord’s mercy, power to forgive, and offer of new life.

Turning to the prophet Jeremiah (chapter 31, verses 33-34): “The new covenant I will make with the people of Israel will be this: I will put my law within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people. None of them will have to teach their fellow citizen to know the Lord because all will know me, from the least to the greatest. I will forgive their sins and no longer remember their wrongs. I, the Lord, have spoken.”

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