Snow has much to do with some of the sentiment of Christmas, doesn’t it? We remember Bing Crosby singing “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.” We see commercials and pictures of idyllic snowy scenes where horse-drawn carriages transport people through the snow – sometimes in a “one-horse open sleigh.” It all sounds so romantic! And then it snows and it snows and it snows!
Rarely have I seen a more beautiful snow than this, have you? And rarely has it been necessary to cancel Sunday services. The last time I missed preaching due to snow was back in the mid-1990s. Most all the time we join together for worship, rain or snow or shine. But it was not to be this time. The timing and amount of the snowfall made it impossible for us to meet. That makes our spiritual preparation for Christmas even more important in the next couple of weeks.
I have several hopes for next week: I hope we don’t have a snowy or a rainy Sunday so we can all worship together again. I also hope and pray for good weather for the Living Nativity as we join our Church Circle neighbors to tell the story of the birth of the newborn king.
I can’t wait to see you on Sunday. And I hope it is a sunny and unseasonably warm day!