Our Advent Scripture passage for Day 18 is Luke 1:67-80.
Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,
because He has visited
and provided redemption for His people.
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of His servant David,
just as He spoke by the mouth
of His holy prophets in ancient times;
salvation from our enemies
and from the clutches of those who hate us.
He has dealt mercifully with our fathers
and remembered His holy covenant—
the oath that He swore to our father Abraham.
He has given us the privilege,
since we have been rescued
from our enemies’ clutches,
to serve Him without fear
in holiness and righteousness
in His presence all our days.
And child, you will be called
a prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord
to prepare His ways,
to give His people knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins.
Because of our God’s merciful compassion,
the Dawn from on high will visit us
to shine on those who live in darkness
and the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.
The child grew up and became spiritually strong, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
For Day 18, the kids and I made paper snowflakes. I had forgotten what a mess of paper scraps that makes. In fact, if you gathered up all the cut-out pieces, you would have makeshift snow confetti!
Both kids love using scissors. Jackson, my five-year-old, is a pro. But Lauren, who is 2, is dangerous with scissors. She holds them with both hands, I strategically put a piece of paper between the blades, and she clamps down, sometimes faster than I’m ready for. I ended up cutting out most of the snowflakes.
While the kids decorated their snowflakes, we talked about how they can remind us of God.
God created each snowflake unique. Every one is specially crafted with a different design, showcasing the endless creativity of our Heavenly Father. He hand-made us that way, too. He lovingly and specially molded us as individuals, with the image of God impressed upon our souls. Every person is a beautiful creation and is deeply loved by their Creator.
“Come, let us discuss this,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they will be as white as snow;
though they are as red as crimson,
they will be like wool.
– Isaiah 1:18
Scripture also describes our lives as “white as snow” when God cleans us from our sin. Jesus’s shed blood on the cross covers the mess of our lives. When we confess our sin and need for Him, asking God’s forgiveness, we are made whole. All the dirtiness and gunk marring our hearts is washed away. Whenever we see snowflakes or the ground freshly blanketed by snow, we can be reminded of our Savior’s sacrifice made because of our desperate need for His forgiveness and cleansing.
Are there corners of your heart that need renewed? Christmas is a perfect time to receive the peace that comes from the forgiveness of God. Don’t just dream for a white Christmas, ask God to make that a reality in your life.