Pastor Tim

Let is Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow…

Who wrote that song anyway? Lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne wrote it in July 1945. It was written in Hollywood, California during a heat wave as Cahn and Styne imagined cooler conditions. I wonder what they would write if they were here in Minnesota these past several weeks/months?

I’m writing this on the Wednesday that is freshly off the heels of 6-7 inches more of snow. You may very well ask, “And which Wednesday is that?” I can only imagine the complaints with all this snow. Forget that we live in Minnesota and it’s winter.

Have you ever thought about the concept of complaining? Does it ever help? In the case of snow, does it ever stop or remove the snow? Does complaining about snow help you feel better about it? Does it help the people around you feel better about it? Yet even those whose job it is to remove the snow, complain, forgetting that the snow provides job security.

Philippians 2:14-15 says, “Do everything without grumbling and arguing, 15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world.”

It is so easy to complain and I have been known to be guilty. However, in regard to the snow, God reminded me of a vision I had while preparing my first sermon as a high school senior for our church’s annual youth service.

I remember seeing a muddy junk yard littered with scraps of all kinds of rusty, broken junk. Then a fresh, white snow blanketed the whole yard covering all the rusty, broken junk as well as the mud it sat in. In my vision, a junky landscape became a scenic, pristine view.

Isaiah 1:18 came to mind, “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.” That reminder has made it far more difficult for me to complain about all the snow. In fact, the snow has become a continual and natural illustration of what God has done with my sin through the sacrifice of His Son on the cross.

Rather than complaining about the snow, I am praising God for the reminder of His forgiveness in Jesus. And you know what? I feel a lot better about the snow and I trust that the people around me are lifted up rather than burdened with my downtrodden commentary.

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—dwell on these things.”

How about we use the snow to practice looking for the things in this verse? By the looks of it, the snow is going to be around for a while. I gave you my praiseworthy view of the snow. How about we all look for something praiseworthy as well? I’d love to hear it!

Let it snow (we can’t stop it anyway),       Pastor Tim