A blanket of snow covers the ground this morning. Last night I walked my dog in 52 degree weather and today he didn’t want to go out. I couldn’t blame him. However, in spite of the change there is an artistry to the way it falls in the first dusting. It covers the pine needles of the bushes in front of my house and coats the railing of the deck. I try to remember that it is January here in the north and that this is normal. The normal high is 33 degrees and the record high for this day was only 59 degrees in 1967.
So I sit, coffee in hand, keyboard sitting idle for a few minutes, cat perched on the sill, read the Word, and pray.
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18
The prophet describes the deep stains of rebellion as scarlet or crimson – like blood stains. The gift of God is that they are made white as snow. It all begins though with reasoning together. We dialog. We communicate with God and each other. I’ve always believed that faith was like a conversation. It was ongoing and not relegated to a set time of day or night. Likewise it seems that in education, business, family, or religious institutions reasoning together is a good idea. There is an honesty and forthrightness in reasoning. And then God blesses the reasoning and honest communication with a pure white coating of artistic love – like snow covering the dead of winter.