As I sit down to write this article, I can see the snow cover out of my window. Many of us, including myself, have grumbled about all the snow. I certainly did my share of grumbling when we had to cancel our worship service, February 24. I also grumbled when I would go outside into the frigid temperatures. I could think of a dozen things I wanted to do (all out- of-doors) that just had to be put on the back burner. Oh, how I loved snow when I was still in school. The more the better was my motto.
And, while I am ready for spring, I do admit that the snow is beautiful. Our neighbor children love to play in it and slide down a small hill by the bike path. The other thing that snow does is cover up all the dirt and filth.
Snow reminds me of God’s love and how he blankets us with spiritual snow, covering up our sins. God’s snow reminds us of the blood of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. In 1st Peter 4:8, the Disciple says, “”Love covers a multitude of sins.” The only love that can cover sin in that sense, is the love of Jesus Christ. His love led him to the cross, where he shed his blood that sins repented of might be blotted out and never to be remembered again. As you may know, my favorite song of all time is “It is No Secret.” It truly is no secret what God can do.
God’s love, God’s forgiveness, God’s mercy is the reason we have Lent. It’s a time to examine ourselves. It’s a time of repentance, maybe make things right with someone we have held a grudge against. Look what we did to God’s Son, and he still forgave us from that and all our sins. The 40 days of Lent reminds us of the 40 day’s he spent in the wilderness. You and I have had our wilderness experiences. Yet God will lead us thought those times and blanket us with His spiritual snow which covers all our sins, doubts and fears. He say’s “Do not fear, for I am with thee.”