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MINISTER’S MUSING Rev. Roger White, Gladbrook United Methodist Church Gladbrook, Iowa

December 11, 2009
Northern-Sun Print
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) We don’t often connect “snow” and “Middle East.” How could there be snow in a dry, arid region like Israel? But snow was common enough in biblical days to be mentioned twenty-three times in Scripture, and the melting snow atop Mount Hermon provided drinking water and replenishments for the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River. Even today, Mount Hermon is a popular ski resort in the winter months. God Himself used snow as a metaphor for purity when He described the ones whose scarlet sins are removed by His loving forgiveness. You may live in an area that gets little or no snow at Christmas, but you can still appreciate the image of purity suggested by the bright whiteness of a covering of Christmas snow. The most popular Christmas recording in modern history is Bing Crosby’s version of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” a song you’ll no doubt hear countless times this season. When you see Christmas snow, or hear “White Christmas” this year, take the opportunity to thank God for His love that removed the crimson stain of sin from your heart. “the cross is the cost of ‘our’ forgiveness.”


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