Isaiah1-18bLearn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “ though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:17-18 (Have you ever wondered why we want snow at Christmas?)Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.  Ecclesiastes 3:11Even before we were born, God made a place-holder in our hearts for Him.  Yet, we must choose Him daily.  The world looks like a wonderland when it is covered with snow…and that wonderland is how our hearts are when we choose to love Him and serve Him.  That is not a one time thing.  We choose many times a day and through the darkest parts of our lives.Snow covers the ugliness of the world — our sin.  Our hearts become white as snow.  And when the blood of Jesus has washed away our sins, this is how God sees us.  He sees purity of our lives — white as snow.  His purpose of sending Jesus to earth has been accomplished when we accept and choose to follow Jesus and only Jesus.Is it any wonder that there is always a clamor for snow on Christmas?  It is our plaintive cry for purity and that God sees us as His.  In Jesus there is forgiveness and that forgiveness motivates us to serve the only wise God.  So it is, that during the season of the celebration of the birth of Christ, we wait Him.  We put our hope in Jesus who gives us the promise of life everlasting…  The life of love that begins when we turn to Him.   The next time a snow begins, and the flakes float down ever so gently, Jesus is sending a reminder that He loves us…unconditionally and forever.Lord, God of Mercy and Love — All I can say during this Christmas season is, I love you.  Make my heart clean and white as snow.  I celebrate your love each day for it gives me peace and joy not for a day, but forever more.  In Jesus Name, Amen.If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.  Psalm 130:3-5