When it snows in spring

For some it is a chance to say goodbye to season they love. For others, it is a frustrating reminder that the season they're longing for is still not fully here. 

Though we are often surprised by it, spring snow happens virtually every year. Snow is a part of this season in the north just as much as crocus flowers. 

We are in a transition season. Spring is not so much a walk in one direction as a  dance between cold and warm, making forward progress even as it circles around the floor. 

This is the way of transitions. We often crave linear growth patterns in our lives. To get better at loving others each day. To let go of bad habits one step at a time. 

Sometimes we beat ourselves up, thinking our mistakes and struggles are steps backwards in our growth. When really, it is just the dance between what was and what will be. They are the movements between early spring snowstorms and late winter grill-outs that fill transition seasons. 

Though snow may make us feel like we are back in January, something is different now. Underneath, the ground has gotten imperceptibly warmer. Above, the sun rests in the sky for a longer periods time. This snow will not stay as long as it once did. There is progress. It is all part of the dance. 

Perhaps it is when things are not linear that we appreciate the transition the most. When 60° breaks in earlier than expected, it brings with it a deeper joy than we feel during its follow up appearances. When snow breaks in later than hoped, it reminds us of where we've come from, and the beauty was that was there too. 

This morning I heard the birds singing to one another as I looked out the window to my snow-covered grill. Their juxtaposition felt like grace to me. 

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Grace falls like the Snow

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“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” – Isaiah 1:18

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Snow is uniquely white. It holds not color, but reflection. Snow’s purity of white comes not from itself, but from the way the sun’s rays bounce off its crystals.

Jesus came to make us as the snow. He covers the darkness of our sin with the brightness of His light. Christ’s grace falls gently into our despair, bringing us the hope of something new. Instead of reflecting the darkness, we can now reflect Him.

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Redeeming Savior, you have brought redemption and hope into this dreary world. Thank you for your grace that falls fresh upon us each day. Make us as snow, reflecting no longer our own darkness, but the Your brightness. May those who interact with us this holiday season see Your light shining through. Amen.

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Winter Snow – Chris Tomlin and Audrey Assad

“You came like a winter snow Quiet and soft and slow Falling from the sky in the night To the earth below”


NoticingImmanuelNoticing Immanuel: a series for Advent. Each day starts with noticing: a picture of an everyday Christmas moment. That picture leads to a verse, a meditation, a prayer, and a song. My hope is that when we see those Christmas moments a second time, they will strike us differently. That we might feel the presence of Immanuel this Christmas season, whether we are sitting in quiet or moving in chaos.