The first shining flakes of snow fell in our yard today. There is a childlike thrill when I see it begin to snow… a leap of hope and joy in my heart!
The flakes quit almost as quickly as they started. As I drove over the hill to work I watched them begin to fall again in earnest.
As they fell, I watched the scarred areas of earth transform into a blanket of white. The clean brightness covered the scars, transforming a bleak, stark, sad landscape into a beautiful thing to behold.
I began to sing the words of an old hymn:
Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow,
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
The bright shadow of God falls on wounded souls, it falls on tragedy and heartbreak, it falls on loss and grief. It falls today and washes everything whiter than snow.
A friend posted this on their facebook page… It so resonated with me I had to share it. Thanks, Chad Chriestenson…
“We should never feel small or insignificant. Yes, it’s true our planet is but a speck in a grand, majestic sea of stars and wonder. A universe filled with many celestial objects and wonders that utterly dwarf our earth. But should we feel pointless compared to this? No! For out of this entire plane of existence, God holds you more precious in his sight than the most brilliant star, the most beautiful galaxy, the most awe inspiring aspects of nature, or even the most valuable jewels. If our God in all of his majesty is that focused on us compared to everything else, why should we worry what tomorrow will bring or if we are ignored? He is the God who sees us. The one who sees us as being so valuable that he came to earth to be with us.”
What a perfect thought, especially at this time of year. So many are lonely at this time of year and feel insignificant. If you were the only one, Jesus would have come for you. God with us… Emmanuel.
Come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
I cannot adequately express the joy and hope I feel at this season.
There is no specific reason, no epiphany, no “aha” moment… just joy unspeakable and full of glorious hope.
I trust I am not alone… this life is not the end, this life is not the final answer… this life leads from one glory, to another glory, to another glory… it keeps getting better until that day of ultimate joy, when we see the face of Jesus, whose birth we celebrate!
Remember… Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. ~ Psalm 30:5
Enter this season with joy, knowing that Christ came to save us, to be with us. Face the new year with the hope that He has gone to prepare a place for us, where we can be with Him for eternity.
Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.