A Gift for Winter

Job 37:5  God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.

Snow, ice and cold can make winter a hassle. “Snow days” due to a blizzard may thrill students but usually inconvenience parents. But now and then, winter blankets the earth so heavily that it seems to quiet everything.

We’re granted permission to hunker down at home, snuggle close with family or pets, enjoy a book or movie, make cocoa or cookies, and rest. It’s like a surprise sabbath — the gift of grace-time — when no one’s expected to get out the door or the driveway.

Perhaps indeed, as Job declared, God sees fit on such days to put our busyness on hold and shut us all indoors so we pause and remember his work — his place — in our lives. Praise God for snow days! —Heidi Mann

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