Feb19FriFebruary 19, 2021
Although we had a relatively easy January when it comes to winter weather, the month of February seems to have stepped it up a bit, just in time for the start of the season of Lent. A commonly read psalm during this season is Psalm 51, a prayer in which David seeks forgiveness for wrong-doing. It was read during the Fanshawe Campus Ministry’s Ash Wednesday and Taize service held online last week. In Bethel’s High School Church Education class, we read it as well.
In that psalm David seeks forgiveness by asking God to not remove him [David] from God’s presence. He asks that God create in him a pure heart in hopes that he can do better in the future. David pleads to be restored to the joy of salvation. In a key part of his prayer, David utilizes the image of a clean, fresh snowfall as he imagines the impact of God’s cleansing grace. “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:6-7) Snow as an image of the results of God’s grace is also used in the book of Isaiah as the people are called to set aside their corrupt ways of injustice. “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)
Snow and the start of the season of Lent, it’s an apt pairing! -EGN
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