Christmas Snow

The afternoon sun faded early across the little park outside my home. At the far end, shadows falling from bare trees deepened. The cold grew as the sun departed, making […]

The afternoon sun faded early across the little park outside my home. At the far end, shadows falling from bare trees deepened. The cold grew as the sun departed, making the lines of the trees seem even more harsh. Barren dark trees stood out against white banks of snow saying goodbye to the day. Sentinels waiting for the unexpected; the coming surprise which I could not yet see.

A flock of birds lifted in the air as if in a dance. They hovered momentarily and then settled again in the protection of the tree sentinels. The sun burned in a golden smolder on the horizon, almost gone now.

It was then through the evening stillness there came a gentle pattering, as the tinkling of bells. Soft flakes fell. Gently falling through the waiting branches like feathers. They trickled down the trunks and into the frozen grass. A shimmering wave of white moved across the open yard to greet me. Feathers of snow falling, falling in my hair, on my face and all around.

Across the valley, the white snow fell, blanketing over raw edges. Across the valley and into the town, touching the houses and lake, misting into the thoughts of the people, warm in their homes.

It came on that cold dark evening in winter, that softest rain of snow. Falling in a hush, quieting all the harsh sounds. It came unexpected and unasked for, blanketing us in the healing peace of heaven. On this Christmas Eve, the grace of heaven came in a simple rain of white.

Tonight, forgiveness and peace came to as we remembered the Gift of Love given long ago. Grace falling like snow, like white flowers all over the earth, bringing comfort, answering needed prayers. On the mountains, in the forests and the towns, all the world round, to each place in its own way, there came a rain of peace and grace. Until all the world was wrapped in God’s love.

On this night, the the hatred, grudges and debts were dropped. Fear and anger lessened everywhere.

For one night there was only peace.

-Julia Gauvin

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