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December 30, 2020

“Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!” Psalm 148:7-8

While it was not in time for Christmas, we finally got our first good snowfall of the winter. The scene outside is beautiful, a fresh coating for the earth while it sleeps. An invitation for children, in boots and snow pants, to  go and play. There’s something magical about newly fallen snow, even though we know it won’t last.

Of course, snow is only magical in its effect upon us. In itself, it is simply doing what the Creator intended it to do, living out its part in the song of praise sung continually by creation. The psalmist helps us hear this song and sing along. Unlike the creation around us, we often forget that we were made not to serve ourselves but to praise our God. The fresh snow is, perhaps, a reminder of the fresh start we receive each day as children of God. For we, too, have been covered; not with the crystalline water of snow but with the life-giving water that flows from Christ.

Later this morning, the people of Grace will gather, in person and online, for the funeral of a beloved saint. The pall will be placed over her casket, proclaiming that she is covered with the righteousness of Christ. In the victory over death won for us by Christ, she receives the fresh start of eternal life. Her voice is now added to the saints who sing forever in praise of the Lamb.

May we, baptized children of God, claim the fresh start offered to us this day. May we join our voices to those of saints and angels and creation itself. May we praise God, for it is for this that we were created. It is for this that we are redeemed. It is for this that we are covered in Christ and raised to newness of life.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of creation, the works of your hands make manifest your glory! In your mercy and grace, cover our sins again. Forgive us and free us to live in praise of you and in service of one another. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Sandvika, Norway, Claude Monet, 1895 (public domain). One of my favorite paintings and a good one for a snowy day.

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