It is Day 3 of Seattle’s thanksgiving week arctic blast 2010. It is currently 20 degrees, going up to a balmy 27 degrees today. With Seattle’s roads turned into an ice rink, it is safer to stay home than slide around. As I sit here in my wool socks, sweatshirt, and stocking cap (the cold seeps through the walls), I was reminded of Isaiah 1:18, “though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”
Snow is clean, fresh, white, pure, and bright. Yet it pales in comparison to God’s grace and forgiveness. Snow merely covers the grass, leaves, rocks, and streets. When it melts, they will all be seen again. But grace transforms us. Grace takes the darkest stain and makes it dazzlingly white. Forgiveness doesn’t merely cover over sin; it removes it completely.
Thank you, Lord, for this reminder of your grace!