Today I drove to work in a winter wonderland. The trees were covered in a layer of frost that made it look like the whole landscape had been covered with Martha Stewart's ultra fine glitter. Now, its falling off the trees and it looks like it's snowing unde a clear blue sky.
How wonderful! How Beautiful!
The sign at church said "Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile objects, but look what they can do when they stick together"
When frost turns to a coating of ice, no more flakes, just a solid mass of frozen water, it aint pretty anymore.
Mom and dad are without power for the second day, following an ice storm that has crippled the mid section of our nation. The new agencies are saying that it may take up to 1o days for some people to get power, and it's December! Dad bought a generator in preparation for the storm, and Mom stored up water. They have enough food to last quite a while, but what if you didn't get a generator, and you house doesn't have a fireplace?
How aweful, how dangerous,how deadly.
It's amazing how the form or amount of water can make such a big difference.
Water brings life, and beauty, and cleanlieness.
Ice and floods bring death and destruction and disaster.
It's still just water, just too much in the wrong place.
The living water that Jesus promises is always just the right amount in just the right place. The frost on the trees, the rain that nourishes the crops, the river that fills our taps. Enough to share, enough to live, and to live abundantly.
God sends us what we need, even when the world sends ice storms and floods.
God sent a child when we needed a savior.
No need for a soldier, God sent a Son.
Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel!