Sunday, December 30, 2012

White as Snow

Hello Friends.

One of God’s amazing creations is snow.

During the early part of the 20th century a man by the name of Wilson Bentley developed a camera capable of photographing individual flakes. During his life time he photographed over 5,000 snowflakes and declared that no two snowflakes are alike.

Scientists agree that it would be very rare for two to be identical considering the conditions necessary for each one to form.  Microscopic photography reveals that snowflakes are wonderfully beautiful works of art.

 How wonderful the Lord is to make something so delicate and beautiful.

There is another aspect that snow reminds me of.  The Bible speaks of snow as a symbol for new life.  And I am reminded of this as we are about to begin a New Year.  We read in the book of Isaiah -

“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)

During Biblical times the colors crimson and scarlet were made from a worm that lived in that region.  It has been said that the stain developed from this worm’s body was so potent that once it penetrated into a piece of fabric, nothing could remove it.

I wonders if the Lord had this in mind when he guided Isaiah to write – ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.’ In other words – ‘Though sin and all its ugliness has so penetrated your soul that it seems that nothing can remove it, I can make you beautifully clean.’

I think in this verse God is taking the initiative by allowing us to turn from our ugly ways and discover a new beautiful life.  And beautiful life that has always been meant to be.  A beautiful life that is within each and every one of us.

What is even more remarkable is God is not asking us to clean up our life, to get everything together THEN come and meet him.  He says come as you are and I will wash you and make you as beautiful as snow.

As I romp in this wonderful snow this is my prayer, "Lord I long to be perfectly whole; I desire you to always live in my soul.  Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Let nothing ugly remain, with your blood erase every stain, so only your beauty remains.  Whiter than snow, wash me now and I will be whiter than snow."

May you find new life, a life as beautiful as freshly fallen snow in this New year.

Blessings,
Goose





34 comments:

  1. That was beautiful and uplifting!

    Anne and Sasha

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  2. Ah My Sunday fix. Beautiful job Goose......

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  3. Me loves the snoo. We don't has it, but I wants to play wif it. :)

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  4. Thank you so much Goose...wonderful post.
    xo Chloe and LadyBug

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  5. Beautifully written Goose. As always much to think on. Have a swell time in the snow.
    To Goose & Your Peeps
    Wishing you all......a rockin New Years' Eve & a happy start to the New Year tomorrow.
    Have a marvelous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  6. What a beautiful post accompanied by such lovely pictures.

    Wishing you and your mom a very Happy & Blessed 2013!
    Wally & Sammy (and Mom)

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  7. Goose and Mom
    This is absolutely a beautiful and inspirational post for any day but especially as we embark on a new year. Goose you are really a snow lover I can see how happy you are.
    Lots of hugs Madi your BFFF

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  8. Thanks for showing me another side of the snow ;o) That's a wonderful post!!! Have a happy&healthy New Year dear Goose and Mom!!!

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  9. i love those flapping ears and you are most definitely a snow person, Goose, note i said Person not Canine...

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  10. Thanks for the Great sermom, we all need to remember that. We think there you are like a snow flake, there is only one and never will be another one. HAPPY New Year Goose & Mom!

    Your Pals
    Susie & Sidebite

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  11. LOVELY.... Just LOVELY the Pictures and the Words.

    Happy YAPPY New Year to YOU and your Mom.

    PeeS... Ernie wants you to know that HE tried SNOW ZOOMIES with HIS Laser Light... HE LOVED IT. THANKS BUDDY fur the suggestion... It kept HIM outta my furs fur a while.

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  12. Beautiful pictures and beautiful words.
    Here's to a new year full of love and happiness

    hugs
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

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  13. That was just beautiful Goose.. Wishing you and Mom a fantastic Happy New year :) xxx00xxx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  14. That was truly amazing Goose. Such beautiful words and pictures.

    Wishing you and your MOM an amazing 2013.

    Lynz and the dobes x

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  15. Awesome post! Happy New Year, my friend!

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  16. I've never thought about snow this way. I mean, I love the children's books Snowflake Bentley and No Two Alike. They embrace that understanding of snow and how it represents God's creation of putting his print on each of us to create uniquely as His own. This aforementioned piece about renewal and becoming cleansed and fresh as snow was incredible. It should be no surprise that these were my favorite lines: "I think in this verse God is taking the initiative by allowing us to turn from our ugly ways and discover a new beautiful life. And beautiful life that has always been meant to be. A beautiful life that is within each and every one of us."

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  17. A beautiful post. Happy new Year!

    Stay Calm & Bark On Into 2013!

    Murphy & Stanley

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  18. Just as I am - without one plea ~ that is the most reassuring thought. Wonderful post to end the year. Healthy, Safe, Happy New Year Goose.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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  19. What a beautiful post and beautiful photography to go with it. Sending you all the best wishes for the New Year. We're so happy we know you.

    hugs, Max, Bugsy, Knuckles and HH

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  20. Such a lovely and hopeful post.
    We are wishing you a most wonderful New Year, too!

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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  21. Blessings to you and yours, Goose, and all the best in the New Year.

    Keep on wagging. You're the best!

    Tootsie

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  22. BeAuTiFuL post and your pictures are GoRgEoUs. thank you for sharing.
    hope you have a safe and happy new year!
    wags, bailey

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  23. Happy New Year we hope you have a brilliant 2013

    Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

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  24. I don't know how it's possible, Goose, but I like snow even more after reading your wonderful post!
    And the photos ... oh, so beautiful! You do look SO HAPPY! And hey, guess what? It's snowing here! Thanks for sending it to us!!!
    Play bows,
    Zim

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  25. Beautifully worded!
    If you were in my town, I would always go to church!
    But I haven't been christened!
    Can dogs be christened?
    Happy new year!
    From
    Pippa

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  26. Looks like you had a great time in the snow.

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  27. Happy New Year! Thank you for your friendship and all the fun we have had.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, Lightning, and Mom Kathie

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  28. Beautiful thoughts and gorgeous photos. Life is, indeed, so very beautiful. Happy New Year to you.

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  29. We really like to see snow because we very rarely get any here.

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  30. Beautiful snow

    Stop on by for a visit
    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com

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