Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Whiter than snow...

"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."Psalms 51:7

There is nothing more beautiful that fresh fallen snow. In the area where I live we are now into our 4th major snow storm and though I do not like the clean up part, I confess that I love the snow when it is falling and fresh on the ground. If you go outside when the snow is beginning to fall there is a holy hush, a serene quietness, almost as if nature is standing in awe of it's own beauty.  And when it has fallen to the ground and no man nor animal has marred it's surface, it is the cleanest, purest, and most pristine sight! 

And yet the scripture says that when God cleanses us, it is even whiter than snow. What a wondrous miracle that is!  That He loves us so much that when we ask Him to take away our sins and mean it from our hearts He removes them and cleanses us of all unrighteousness. 
[I John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.]

Several years ago, around this time of the year, one of my best friends, who was very ill with just a few more weeks to live on this earth said to me in a phone conversation from her bed: "When I look out the window at the snow, I think of how clean the Lord has washed my sins away." She was a person that loved the Lord with all her heart and was a blessing to her family and so many others. The illness was not kind to her, she suffered very much in her body and yet she still was at peace, so very much at peace and in her own way declared from her heart with great assurance "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."

Every time I see snow at it's purest I think of her and it is a gentle reminder of God's unfailing love for us.  I don't know about you but God had a lot of cleaning up to do with me and it is still a daily practice that I ask Him to forgive me and cleanse me. And He is so faithful.

Here is an old hymn that says it all:

"O for a Heart whiter than snow"
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt (1851-1920)

O for a heart that is whiter than snow,
Kept, ever kept 'neath the life-giving flow,
Cleansed from all evil, self-seeking and pride,
Kept pure and holy by Calvary's tide!


O for a heart whiter than snow!
Saviour divine, to whom else shall I go?
Thou who didst die, loving me so,
Give me a heart that is whiter than snow.

O for a heart that is whiter than snow,
Calm in the peace that he loves to bestow,
Daily refreshed by the heavenly dews,
Ready for service whene'er he shall choose!


O for a heart that is whiter than snow,
With the pure flame of the Spirit aglow,
Filled with the love that is true and sincere,
Love that is able to banish all fear!


O for a heart that is whiter than snow,
Then in his grace and his knowledge to grow,
Growing like him who my pattern shall be,
Till in his beauty my King I shall see!

On another note:  Here are some pics of my "Winter White" d├ęcor

And a "Hello" from Mr. Winter White himself!  BRUNO!

1 comment:

Shelia said...

Hi Veronica! I'm sorry about your friend but what a promise from our loving God. Your snow is beautiful and I have lived in places where we would get the snow and no that lovely silent sound of snow falling. I'm not familiar with that hymn but was thinking of another one. Your white around your home is so pretty but that little Bruno takes the cake, you know that! What a little cutie. Veronia, are those ladies on your sidebar your relatives? The elegant one under 'Victorian Ladies' resembles you! :)
Thanks for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)