Saturday, March 22, 2008

Snow at Easter

Piggy-backing off my post from yesterday, the weather has continued to play beautifully to the theme of Holy Week. This morning we awoke to a dusting of snow on the ground. We've had flurries off and on for two days now. This morning the snow has come down so hard at times, blown about by the ubiquitous Aberdeen wind, you might just mistake it for a blizzard. Then moments later, the sunshine bursts through the thinning clouds, patches of blue sky peek out and the coating of snow vanishes in minutes. Although snow at Easter might initially seem out of place, the purity and peacefulness is altogether fitting -- white symbolizing the washing away of our sins and new life in Christ, a blanket of snow symbolizing the covering of our sins by His death, and the sunshine breaking through symbolizing the promise of a new beginning, the hope of the Gospel.

Incidentally, this year Easter is as early as it has been since 1913. It will not fall on March 23rd again until the year 2160. An early Easter, of course, increases the odds for snow. Strange that in my lifetime I've experienced a white Thanksgiving and now a potentially white Easter but no white Christmas...hmmmmm....

Purple tulips in my kitchen window before a backdrop of snow.


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