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God in Winter – Finding God in the Falling Snow

January 22, 2016 3 Comments

Holy Comforter Church Washington DC

It’s snowing today in Washington, D.C. and I had a beautiful walk coming back from the March for Life this afternoon. Tonight I will enjoy another walk through the winter wonderland.

Not everyone likes snow but it is an amazing work of God. He takes a barren winter landscape and creates it anew. I can almost hear the Lord saying, “Behold, I make all things new!”

In the modern world we often walk past the glory of God hardly noticing the gifts that He provides every day. Tonight and tomorrow I don’t want to miss God’s gifts. It is true that these gifts come along with weather-related hardships, but maybe—just maybe—God can get a few of us here on the East Coast to stop for just a minute, rest a while, and behold His glory.

Getting “snowed in” provides a wonderful chance to become reacquainted with our family and even with our very selves. Just looking out the window and marveling at the snow as it falls with hypnotic and calming steadiness can be a prayer, if we think of God who sends it. Wherever you are, don’t walk through life and miss the glory of God!

In the Book of Sirach there is a beautiful and poetic description of God and the majestic work He creates even in the “dead” of winter. Enjoy this excerpt from Sirach and reflect spiritually on the glory of God in winter.

  • A word from God drives on the north wind.
  • He scatters frost like so much salt;
  • It shines like blossoms on the thornbush.
  • Cold northern blasts he sends that turn the ponds to lumps of ice.
  • He freezes over every body of water,
  • And clothes each pool with a coat of mail.
  • He sprinkles the snow like fluttering birds.
  • Its shining whiteness blinds the eyes,
  • The mind is baffled by its steady fall.
  • (Sirach 43, selected verses)

Enjoy this video, which reminds many of us of the joy and wonder of a snowfall like some of the ones we experienced when we were young.

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  1. Mark says:

    Wonderfull video. You helped restore my soul today!

  2. Msgr this is just lovely!
    Your article and the beautiful song by Enya with accompanying gorgeous video have blessed my day. I am thankful for true Catholic clergy such as you who inspire, encourage, teach and uplift us.
    God bless you always!
    Deb +

  3. June says:

    Thanks Monsignor for giving me a new perspective on Winter Storm Jonas…. I look at rain as showers of blessings and now I will look at snow as the glory of God’s amazing work in the winter

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