As Canadians, we know more than we often want to know about the white stuff that falls from heaven, covering fields, forests and freeways. And it doesn’t feel like wool when moving it from driveways, sidewalks and rooftops. The next few months many will seek a reprieve from it as they travel south to areas not acquainted with snow and frost.
Yet the nature of our nation is dependent upon snow. Large areas of our land are dependent upon rivers fed by mountain glaciers. Rural folk and those managing forest areas worry about water to fill aquifers, wetlands and lakes. Drought and forest fires remind us of how vital water is to the welfare of our land. Also, the cold serves to purify the earth and control the population of insects.
Though we live with the cold and the challenges that accompany snow and ice, we can be grateful for God’s provision of the weather that supplies moisture so needed by our land and the living things that depend upon it. And we are blessed by the beauty and the fertility that God provides through the snow, frost and rain.
Thank you, God, for continuing to provide the gifts from the heavens for the bounty of the earth and the life it supports to your glory. Amen. — JW-H