White As Snow

It’s been many years since we have seen a winter like this in the Niagara Region. As I talk to different people I get mixed reactions to the snow, but one thing that does stand out is for once it’s nice to see everything such a clean white. I’ve been working in the sugar bush out at the camp and the beauty of the forest with the snow covered hills and valleys is breathtaking. The sound of the crisp crunching snow under your feet gives a good grip to climb up and down the steep banks to prepare the sap lines for the up and coming thaw. Snow may be a deterrent in many ways but at Agape Valley it is a blessing.

A good accumulation of snow on the frozen ground helps protect the roots of the maple trees from thawing too quickly, allowing the sap season to be “on schedule and normal”. It provides a natural scenic picture that portrays the perfect sugar bush setting. And who doesn’t like maple syrup on snow? Taffy delight! I’m easily reminded as I watch the sunlight glisten off the snow surface of the scripture verse in Psalm 51:7, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Our God is so awesome! He gives us so much beauty in creation. He gives us such a great hope in Christ. The blood of Christ makes us whiter than snow. Our sin, our dirty, stained-riddled sin is covered and forgiven forever. Spring is just around the corner and the snow will soon fade to slush and mud but thanks be to God that the provision and beauty of His salvation will last forever.

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