I love snow! What a lovely surprise yesterday to wake up to snow-covered branches just outside my bedroom window. I think I’m like a lot of you who reminisce about growing up with lots of snow. I remember the anticipation of a snow day, building forts, and making snow angels. Even in college, going sliding (sledding) down the ice-covered golf course hill on a cafeteria tray was the best. Oh, and going to Snow Camp in the Adirondack Mountains with my church youth group. What fun!
Snow also reminds me of Isaiah 1:18 that says, “Come now, and let us reason together, says 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.” The Old Testament book of Isaiah was written to the people of Israel, saying that even though they had turned away from God, He continued to offer His people complete forgiveness and restoration if they would repent of their sins and turn away from their wicked ways.
This very same invitation is given to all of us today. I John 1:9 in the New Testament tells us that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” He will make us as clean as the newly-fallen snow. This promise is one that brings me great comfort. To think that all of my sins have been washed clean, as bright as newly-fallen snow! I am so thankful for this lovely reminder when I didn’t expect it. I hope that you, too, found comfort and joy in yesterday’s snow.
I am looking forward to welcoming our primary to grade eight students back to school on Monday.
Because of His Faithfulness,
Dr. Sharon C. Brobst, Director