Here we are just 9 days until my first Christmas living in the snow belt of Northern Michigan and there is not a flake of snow to be found. Growing up in a Lake Effect snow area in Akron, Ohio, I can remember many White Christmases as a kid - what can be better? But then God took me to southern Ohio, where White Christmases were very rare. When we lived in northwest Indiana we had a little better chance for a White Christmas. But over the last 6 years living in southcentral PA I can't remember any White Christmases.
That is one of the many reasons our family looked forward to moving to Gaylord, Michigan. When you live were they average 150+ inches of snow a year you are pretty much guaranteed a white Christmas, right? Maybe not! I mean we have just 9 days left until December 25 and there is no snow on the ground and the weathermen don't seem to have much good news that anything significant will happen between now and then. So I guess my first Christmas in northern Michigan just may be a "green" (or more like a "brown") Christmas. BUMMER!
But wait...I have just been handed a special bulletin. It says, "WHITE CHRISTMAS GUARANTEED!" That's right! I have just been guaranteed a white Christmas. By the way, the special bulletin did not come from the Weather Service. It came from much higher up the weather ladder than that! It came from God, the Creator of the Universe. He just guaranteed me a white Christmas. Here is what the bulletin said.
"Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (Isaiah 1:8)
How cool is that! No matter what the scene may look like outside of my window come Christmas morning, I will be celebrating a white Christmas. I will be celebrating the fact that because of Christmas, when God became flesh to save us from our sins, I am guaranteed a white Christmas. Though my sins (which are many) are as scarlet, through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ they have been washed white as snow! Now that is what I call a "white Christmas!"
Will you be having a white Christmas this year?