This last weekend much of the country was covered in a blanket of snow as a result of the winter storm Jonas. Thankfully we were on the very edge of the storm's reach and didn't suffer too much damage. I only lost power for about 40 minutes over the weekend. Others, however, weren't so fortunate. According to one article I read, at least 48 people have died as a result of the storm, although 11 of those died because they weren't in the best shape and they were trying to shovel snow. Despite the dangers that snow and ice can bring, there is something beautiful about waking up to a world that has obtained a fresh start. The brown, dead, barrenness that seems to typify winter in the south is suddenly replaced by a clean, white blanket of sparkling snow.

Every time I see this happen I am reminded of the verse in Isaiah where God tells the Israelites, and by extension us, "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" (Isaiah 1:18). It doesn't matter how brown, dead, or barren your life is. It doesn't even matter if your life is stained red. God is promising a fresh start as beautiful as that clean, white blanket of sparkling snow. Just as in nature, however, there are casualties. Self will have to die as a result of this storm. But it dies so Christ can live in our hearts forever.

Asking for a heavenly snow storm,

Pastor Sutherland

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