Isaiah 55:10-11

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So will my word be which goes forth from my mouth; It will not return to me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

Over the last month and a half, I have been happy with the lack of snow. As a person born in southern Louisiana, snow and I have always had a love/hate relationship: the quarter inch that falls every five years is enough to cancel school and make a snow man before melting a day later. Anything more than that and I am at a loss. So this winter has been mild as far as snow and therefore okay by me.

However – snow is important for more than canceling school. You need snow (and rain) to help things grow. Without the snow, crops won’t have the moisture they need in the heart of the summer. Snow is a part of life for a farming community like ours and needed. Without snow in the winter and the rain in the summer, life would be impossible here.

My wonderment is do we treat the Word of God like a city person (especially from south Louisiana) would treat the snow? By that, I mean, do we like it in small amounts and sparingly – forgetting that it is only by that water that we can grow and survive through the heat of summer. Because our faith is like a plant that grows our whole life long. When we water it with the word that comes from God is bears much fruit. When the rains and snows never come, the heat of day withers it and the wind can blow us away.

So, starting this Lent, a time of study and growth for the church since the first century, First Lutheran is offering an introduction into God, God’s grace, the gifts we have been given. We will begin Thursday February 19 at 7pm. It’s a way to water what might have been dry before and see what fruit may come of it. Think of it as the snow that waters the earth which God has sent.

Stay warm y’all in the midst of all this snow!