Oh, I Could Write a Sonnet about Your Easter Bonnet and All the Fur Trim on It…

“Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

This verse from the much-beloved hymn “What Can Wash Away My Sin” was on my mind when I woke up to a freshly laid blanket of snow yesterday morning.  The scenescape was a far cry from the brilliant pastel-hued world filled with chicks and bunnies frolicking among tulips and daffodils that are featured in advertisements this time of year.  And as I donned layers of clothes – including insulated overalls and snowboots – for outdoor work, a sleeveless sundress was the last thing on my mind.  Since moving from a more southern clime to the Northland several years ago, I realized that warm weather was not guaranteed for Easter Sunday, and I have shivered in sandals or saved the cute shoes for a more appropriate time – like Independence Day.  This is Minnesota, and the only predictable thing about our weather is its unpredictability.  Still, when the ads bombard us with images of green rolling hills, brilliant blue skies, and warm yellow sunshine, we cry out, “Isn’t winter over yet?”

But a sparkling white layer of snow – what a beautiful reminder of God’s grace, and how appropriate for Easter weekend!  The dusty, dirty, dun-colored world that exists from winter’s end to the green days of Spring is hidden from view.  Though this snow will disappear eventually, while it is here we can see it and remember how Jesus, when He submitted Himself to the pain and humiliation of crucifixion, He was an offering for our sins:

“Our sins are washed away and we are made clean because Christ gave His own body as a gift to God. He did this once for all time.” (Hebrews 10:10, NLV)

While this snowfall might cancel a few outdoor Easter egg hunts or make us ladies wear thermals under our dresses, perhaps it will shift our focus from the auxiliary aspects of Easter to the main point: celebrating Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, the power He gave us over sin, and the hope we have in life everlasting.

“When this that can be destroyed has been changed into that which cannot be destroyed, and when this that does die has been changed into that which cannot die, then it will happen as the Holy Writings said it would happen. They said, “Death has no more power over life.”  O death, where is your power? O death, where are your pains? The pain in death is sin. Sin has power over those under the Law.  But God is the One Who gives us power over sin through Jesus Christ our Lord. We give thanks to Him for this.” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57, NLV)

So even though communities around our state received a blanket of 1, 5, or 10 inches of snow this weekend, the sun still

 

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