I’m sitting here in my living room on a lazy Saturday morning (thank God for lazy Saturday mornings) thinking someone parked a snow-making machine in the sky above my house and plugged it in. I’m not complaining…it is so gorgeous.  Postcard material. If you click on the image, it will open in a bigger window, and you can see how beautiful it is and how lousy my photography is.

I’m thinking God must be so creative, and so delighted at small details of beauty.  Things really do look so much more beautiful covered in snow.

I was thinking today how everything looks so bleak in November.  Grey, dead, lifeless.  And then God covers the lifeless things with something so spectacular.  A blue December sky and bright day after a snow fall almost has no equal in beauty.  And even a soft snow just-below-freezing morning like this is gorgeous.

Our lives are like that, aren’t they?  When things are bleak and desperate, even lifeless, God can still send remarkable beauty into it.

I’m so glad Christmas lands in snow season.  It’s appropriate, theologically.  I’m so excited about Christmas this year.  (If you are looking for great Christmas music this year, Sarah McLaughlin’s WinterSong from last year and Reliant K’s brilliant and hilarious Let it Snow Baby, Let it Reindeer are fueling my holiday spirit.)

But none of it takes away from the sheer beauty of it all.  Enjoy the snow.  And if you are one of the bloggers from the south reading this, pray for a blizzard.  It’s good for your soul.


  1. laurie lamb on December 10, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    Carey – I had a client in Wasaga on the Tuesday after the ice storm so I took my camera hoping to get some shots. Every time I realized I was looking at a great composition I was sailing by it. As I was thinking about how beautiful it was, a thought came into my mind that God's greatest work is in the area of transformation. he takes was seems dead and lifeless and creates something new and spectacular. Laurie

  2. Adam F on December 10, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    It's 23 degrees Celsius and I'm about to go outside for a staff meeting. What kind of snow does God make? The kind that stays far north of paradise!

  3. Carey Nieuwhof on December 9, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Rich. Obviously you have heat stroke.

  4. Rich on December 8, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    Carey, I'm sitting outside right now. It's 11:30pm, there is a slight breeze, and it's 19 degrees celsius. I'm wearing shorts & a polo. I'm eating Ben & Jerry's while catching up on blogs. OUTSIDE.

    Stop kidding yourself.

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