The blanket of snow
Dear Readers, Greetings from St. Nicholas Church.
My brother, who lives in Canada, is always gracious and patient with my excitement at the
arrival of snow, and of course the accompanying cold. Only on the odd occasion has he
reminded me that cold is not -3 degrees but -17 degrees and that 2 inches of snow is merely
a dusting in comparison to their several feet of it!
Whenever it snows, it reminds me of a wonderful promise made by God to us, given through
the prophet Isaiah, “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins
are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be
like wool”. With the new year now well under way, and the good intentions and resolutions
crumbling, it is good to recall that all our failures and mistakes can be covered with the
forgiveness that Jesus offers so freely. As we admit our role and part in our mistakes and
failures, we are able to receive this blanket of forgiveness. As we do so, we can confidently
say with the Psalmist, “as far as the east is from the west,so far has he removed our
transgressions from us”.
Sometimes, however, we are our own worst enemy and best critic in that we hold on to our
failures and mistakes. We may be too proud to come to him, or feel that we don’t believe.
We forget too readily the invitation Jesus gives to us all, no matter what we think or believe,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”.
May we know the welcome and the love of Jesus as we bring all that are, all that we are
going through, all that we have done, to the one who gave his all so that we could know his
forgiveness and freedom from guilt and despair, like a blanket of snow.
Yours in Christ,