Advent in Your Everyday: Day #11

Today's Photo: "Winter Locked"

"Come now, let us reason together," says the Lord.
"Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow." (Isaiah 1:18)

There is a blizzard in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa today. So it seemed appropriate that today's Advent reflection highlight a Bible verse mentioning snow.

This really is an interesting little verse, isn't it? God saying, "Let us reason together." How very relational of you, Creator! We can just sit down and have a reasonable chat.

The idea of forgiveness - of sins being forgiven and erased - it's hard to comprehend. It's amazing. I certainly don't understand exactly how it works - I don't know what makes God want to forgive us and cleanse us from the darkness, despair, mistakes, and sadness of the past. But I know that God really does want that for our lives. No more living in a swamp of scarlet regret.

Last night I was feeling a little down on myself about the past. I wrote in my journal: "I just want to go back and redo everything. But I can't." Ever feel that way?

In those moments, God reaches out to us with words like those recorded in Isaiah. The Creator of the whole universe says to us: "Hey, let's just sit down and talk about this. Yes, you messed up. But I'm here to be in relationship with you. Let go of all that. Let's go play in the snow."

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