I’m sitting here, gazing out the window, watching lazy flakes drift to the ground, gently highlighting the forms of dark spruce across the field. It seems strange that they’re forecasting temperatures above freezing for the next couple weeks, which means our world of white may soon be turning to soggy brown. But it’s March, after all, that indecisive in-between month that (where I live) is never quite winter, never quite spring.
With all this uncertainty, then, it seems like I’d better slip in this last ode to the beauty of winter before it’s too late—and with it, excerpts from a most appropriate psalm. “Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting……He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly…
…He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes……He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold?…Praise the LORD!” (Psalm 147:1, 15-17, 20)
If you get a chance and need something guaranteed to lift your spirits (who doesn’t?), slip out your Bible and take a moment to read through this psalm in it’s entirety—I’ll just say that it’s not only about snow and ice, and it’s pretty magnificent!