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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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December 12, 2013 - Treasure in the Snow

By Rose McCormick Brandon

Gliding on the groomed trail, our skis squeaking on the snow, under the stars on a clear and very cold night, we were caught in a Christmas card moment. Pine trees trimmed with white bordered the trail. Their branches sweeping downward in a graceful arc crowded us into single file. We huffed up the hills, my three children climbing easier and huffing less than I, and glided thankfully down the other sides.

Our cheeks rosy with health, we occasionally stepped off the path to let others whiz by, sacrificing our momentum for courtesy. One man, a scowl on his face to show he was in earnest about this skiing business, groaned when he passed us on a straight patch. I wondered if he even saw the trees. Or the stars.

Did he recognize the snow under his feet as a gift from a Creator with a universe full of design to His credit? Could he read God's message to him in the aroma of pine, in the moon that made shadows dance around us, in the untouched snow to our left and right that covered a naked and embarrassed earth with a pure blanket.

King David of Israel wrote, "He gives snow like wool" (Psalm 147:16, NASB). Wool is used to make warm coverings. Snow, like wool, covers the ground to keep it warm.

Every human needs a spiritual covering — a blanket of purity — and only God can give it.

The whole biblical thought about snow is brought to a conclusion by Isaiah. "Though your sins are as scarlet," he wrote, "they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool" (Isaiah 1:18).

Here's the message of the snow: Jesus will take your sins far away from you and leave you covered in a warm blanket of purity — you'll be like newly fallen snow, unmarked, as if you'd never sinned at all.

Perhaps you dream of a "white Christmas." This Christmas season, may you discover the deeper meaning of nature's winter blanket. If you have never accepted God's gift of forgiveness and purity through His Son, I pray you make that decision today.

— Rose McCormick Brandon and her husband, Doug, live in Caledonia, Ontario. She is the author of One Good Word Makes all the Difference (




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