Rainbows in the Snow
What a delightful phrase – “Rainbows in the Snow“. Thank you, Aunt Irene, for sending me ‘rainbows in the snow’.
Who knew that today I would find rainbows in the snow…in thankfulness. God brought Ed and me together 58 years ago. Through the years we have learned to love each other and to allow the other to be. We were both so different. And yet we have shared all the firsts – becoming one in our marriage and one in the Lord through having our five children, four living; moving numerous times and changing occupations. We both are stubborn – and no matter what – we would not give up on each other or our marriage.
We marked each anniversary with gifts for awhile. An apple pie, flowers or jewelry.
My favorite gift one year was more memory for my computer. When we celebrated our 50th anniversary with our oldest son, and a KMBZ original video made by our second son, a video of our family wishing us a happy anniversary from each of the grandchildren and children. Greetings came from our California, Wisconsin, Illinois and Georgia children, as they do every year.
We soon realized that just being together, enjoying laughter, sharing a wandering snowflake or a squirrel digging in the snow is rewarding because it is sharing. Together we pray for our children and their families. This is a more valuable gift that binds us together.
Jacob Suderman understood the power of prayer – and his daughter, Lena, heard him often.
In a bedroom upstairs Jacob was interceding for his family before God. Lena heard him mention each child by name. Jacob and Helena, Daniel and Marguereta, Henry, Peter, John, Gerhard,Maria, Nicholas, Lena, Dietrich and Edward. Lena was touched to know how much he cared for them and their spiritual welfare. Whenever Jacob hurried to the new house and disappeared, she knew she would hear him praying for his family.
Mother, Anna Siemens, told me of her mother, Anna Loewen Suderman, turning off her hearing aid and praying for her children and grandchildren by name each night. Mother did this, and so do we. Four generations of love for children and ‘those that come after’. Hearts full of love are able to pray for others. I wonder how deep love is. I wonder what blocks love.
Love is being able to pray with humility for others, lovable or not. Selfishness and pride blocks love and the ability to pray.
Gold, jewels or a cruise do not make a marriage, but the sparkling rainbows of joyous moments reflected in the snow of life does.
Last year, we had snow and ice during our anniversary. This year, God blessed us with more snow. Each time we look out in the white white world with the sun shining brightly, we are astonished at the brilliance. The promise of our Lord, Revelation 22:5 – There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
The brilliant snow in the sunlight is no comparison to the God-light in Heaven. This God-light makes us blind to the sins in the world and all we see is the glory of God. On this day, marking our anniversary of 58 years, we are humbled by the joy of the Lord! We don’t know what tomorrow holds, but we know Who holds our hands.
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7
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(Rainbow in the Snow by Scott on eyefetch.com)