When I went to bed last night, it was raining.
When I got up this morning, there was about 2.5 inches of snow on the ground.
But this was not the deep cold snow, that we all have been used to as of late. This snow was heavy and wet. It put a nice covering on everything. It stuck nicely to everything it touched. And it left the road slushy, rather than overly slick and hazardous. The winter is losing it's icy grip on the frigid north - at least here in Saint Joseph. The wet and heavy snow signals that a final melting will occur. Maybe not today, maybe the wind will blow and the temperature will drop and winter will make another futile attempt to freeze us. Still, the end is in sight. The change in the snow signals winter's impending demise.
Is this not the way of the Christian today? Because of Christ, sin has lost is stranglehold on humanity. He has melted sin's icy grip with the outpouring of his warm blood. His blood shattered sin and continually washes over us and makes us clean. And though sin may make it's inlets into our lives; it may overtake us and drive us to dismay that there is no end to suffering in this life. The end is in sight. And Christ's continually tells us we are forgiven and gives us that forgiveness that we might not despair, but instead that we might know that Christ has freed us from sin and will bring us through life's harsh winter to a warm land, flowing with milk and honey.