When I woke just before 5 this morning, I looked out and saw the beautiful a beautiful snowfall by the light of the street lamp. I love the quiet of early morning and the slowly drifting snow was a real gift. Our Father God has designed this world with a glory that shines today. Thank you God!
I'm particularly thankful for this sign of God's wonderful design because I know that all is not really calm and bright right now in this world. I'm thankful for this snowfall in the way that the soldiers were thankful during "Christmas truce" of 1914, "a symbolic moment of peace and humanity amidst one of the most violent events of modern history."
You who are reading this blog post may not feel as if you are in a difficult or dangerous place, but the fact is that this world (and each of us) is indeed in the midst of a war. We've seen this war come to the surface recently in Newtown, Connecticut, where so many were killed in what seems to have been the act of a young man who had been profoundly troubled, probably for most of his life.
You may not be experiencing physical warfare or violence today, but the Bible teaches us that you and I are in the midst of a war that goes on constantly. Still, we can praise God for simple joys like snowfalls and quiet mornings, which God gives to us as a sign of his constant care and the final victory that will be ours because of what he has done in Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate now.
More about this in the message the Lord is preparing me to preach this afternoon.