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* I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas – 12/13/08 Sermon

I love a white Christmas!  When I was a kid growing up in central Indiana we had most of our snowfall in January and February.  So there was many a Christmas without snow.  But when snow did come in December, it made Christmas beautiful and somehow more fun!  Snow would turn the leafless trees, the brown grass and the dirty streets cimg1129a beautiful white.  It covered up everything that was ugly about winter and made our landscape a wonderful paradise.  And it wasn’t just pretty to look at, it was fun to play in!  We would build snow forts and snowmen.  We would make snow angels and snowballs.  We would spend hours enjoying the freshness and the beauty of the snow.

 Perhaps that’s why Isaiah 1:18 is one of my favorite texts in the Bible…  “”Come now, let us reason together’, says the Lord.  ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.'”  My sins will be as white as the snow I enjoyed so much as a kid.  The snow that covers the ugly and barren parts of the landscape and makes everything beautiful is how God covers my life.  It’s still the same landscape and I’m still the same person, but with one major difference – I’m covered with snow.  And the snow changes everything!

 What does Isaiah 1:18 mean to you?  Have you experienced the snowfall of God in your life?  We all experience times when we know God is present in our life, when we are covered with snow.  And then we’ve all had times when the snow melts in our life.  It’s times like these that we feel exposed and vulnerable.  We may not even want God around because we want to do our own thing.  How do you stay close to God?  What drives you out into the snow?  What is God’s role in your salvation and what is your role?  How do we get back up when sin knocks us down?  Check out this you tube video for inspiration…

As always, I look forward to the dialogue with you.  And I hope to see you December 13!

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