Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Isaiah 1:18
Many of you have experienced monster snowstorms this winter, and often multiple snowstorms in a row. While the aftermath of such storms can be difficult and frustrated, several people reported to me recently that when the snow is coming down and their yards are being slowly covered over, the sight is beautiful and something they enjoyed watching. I was among those who enjoyed this experience when snow softly fell in St. Louis in mid-February.
“Why this response?” I wondered. I think it has something to do with the feeling of everything becoming fresh and new. There is a sense that all the world is clean and bright.
Isaiah must have known the comfort of freshly fallen snow when he compared it to the forgiveness of sins. When we take our sins to God, they are completely covered over like snowflake upon snowflake.
They say that no two snowflakes are alike, and in the kingdom of God, each word of forgiveness is unique to every sin, so that no sin is left uncovered by his grace and mercy through the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.
So the next time you find yourself looking out at a snowfall, think of the blessings of forgiveness that fall down on us one by one every day and renew our lives with the beauty of this gift.