I read this on CINDYCHARLENE's blog & wanted to share it with you.
GIFT OF THE SNOW STORM by Charlene McCutcheon
The night was cold and all was very still. Outside my window tiny snowflakes fell. A deep white blanket covered the ground, Trees, shrubs, street lights and all around,
Billions of tiny reflecting lights sparkling. Standing there, I beheld a picture dazzling. It was the first time I had ever seen snow; My husband and children did not even know.
They were sound asleep in their comfy beds With visions of Christmas in their sweet heads. It was midnight and I stood amazingly gazing. With peace and love around me wrapping.
"Come now my dear, let us reason together", Remembering the words of my precious Savior, "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be As wool, even white as this snow you see".
Oh what joy filled my soul that quiet night As I pondered, could that really truly be right? Not one bit of dirt would be seen anywhere? Of only a "pure white blanket" would I be aware?
So soft, comforting and lovely was my vision, I immediately knew it was my called mission, With God's help to be cleansed from all sin. However, that would take lots of work within.
It took me many years to figure that one out. I worked so hard that I began to really doubt. I thought I would never get it perfectly right, Feeling again the peace and love of that night.
I'd find, to be sure, I was really more than frustrated Because, determined self will and pride my heart dated. Working "without" doing what was perfect in His sight Did not bring me the hoped for peace and I was contrite.
"Work within", again and again I was reminded. (Trying too hard, my progress was near halted). "Just pray! Jesus will work His perfection in you. Being surprised, your sin you will bid adieu".
The weakness I've been given is not truly my sin The weakness, I discovered, 'twas lack of love within. With obedience to Christ being my school master, To bring me to Him, was what He was really after.
With the void I was born with and the lack of His love; I needed a gift coming down only from Father above, All the demands of the gospel's letter of the law, Could never fulfill my true need, this I plainly saw.
So, coming to Heavenly Father's throne of grace, Because Jesus so mercifully took my place And died on the cross paying the price I owed, Making it possible His special gifts to be bestowed.
I pleaded most fervently for the gift of charity, Wanting so much to overcome all negativity I worked and prayed with great faith in my Lord Studying and pondering his precious word.
What does love require was my inquisition. Wisdom came through years of preparation. Letting go of the lies that appealed to pride. Finding good in others and myself not deride.
Forgiving others for the weakness they too have. Their lack of love, like my own, needs God's salve Balm of Gilead! Pure Love, I found I could borrow To ease the pain of all my troubles and sorrow.
But I will not experience this healing ever more, If I do not choose to shut the negativity door Of hate, anger, resentment, malice and blame And keep open the door of His love to proclaim.
To help someone else find peace, joy and love, Is now my mission given from Heaven above. To strengthen my wandering sisters and brothers, Forgetting myself, remembering and serving others.
Today in deep gratitude, to the Lord I now know, For all the blessings He doth so graciously bestow I can find sweet joy in life, as well as great peace, Knowing my Savior's love will never ever cease.
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