Are you dreaming of a White Christmas?

December 12, 2011 — Leave a comment

I value family traditions; especially those traditions that revolve around the Christmas season. Our family has one in particular that is the highlight of our Christmas Eve. We watch the movie, White Christmas. The movie is a classic. It has style, and is totally feel good. Watching this vintage film is always the last thing we do before the clock strikes midnight, bringing in the 25th of December.

The final scene is our favorite. As the couples gather around the Christmas tree, they close out the film by singing, I am dreaming of a White Christmas. We love it.

Spokane was the hometown of the main actor, Bing Crosby. In case you were wondering.

My ladies (wife and 2 girls) are all dreaming of a white Christmas. We have enjoyed the beautiful cold and clear days of winter. So far the snow has been all but absent. I’m sure everybody agrees Christmas is best enjoyed with the backdrop of blankets of snow.

Snow, snow, snow, snow, snow
It won’t be long before we’ll all be there with snow.

Snow makes everything so beautiful. Snow is beautiful because of what it does to everything it touches. No matter how disfigured and diseased a tree may be, the snow on its branches transforms it into a work of art. Regardless of how scarred and ravaged the earth may be, a layer of snow obscures all of its ugliness. Snow speaks of a purity, and cleanliness.

In truth, a White Christmas isn’t something that you have to dream about anymore. That night thousands of years ago when the Christ child was born, angels came and proclaimed that a savior had been born. Salvation really is the original purpose of Christmas.

The bible uses graphic language to describe sin. Words like crimson and Scarlet are used to resemble sin. In contrast, the bible speaks of salvation by saying you shall be washed whiter than snow. Snow speaks of a clean slate, a second chance.

Snow, snow, I wanna wash my hands, my face and hair with snow

King David once lifted bloody hands to the Lord and asked to be cleansed of the guilt of murder and deception. He cried, “Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.” Immediately he was restored, and his song came back.

Isaiah, the same prophet who proclaimed that a Son would be born, who would be called Wonderful, also gave the glorious invitation to come and reason with God. Although your sin be as scarlet, through Jesus, your life can be as brilliant as white snow.

What an amazing promise, that no matter the bleak state of your life right now, the Christmas child can turn it all around. What was disfigured, and dark, Jesus can wash with salvation and blanket with hope.

If you are looking for an escape from a scarlet sinful past, you no longer have to dream.

What is Christmas with no snow?
No white Christmas with no snow 
Snow…