Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Snow, Mary, and following HIM

Ever since I can remember, I've loved the snow. Especially watching it fall outside...there's something peaceful, graceful, and magestic that speaks of the tenderness and gentleness of God through snowfalls.

Being in MI, and there being plentiful snow, I think it's fitting as a fellow Michigander to have a devotion to Our Lady of the Snows. :) The story and devotion goes all the way back to 352 AD, one of the oldest devotions to Our Lady.

With all the beauty of a snowfall coming down outside, Jesus is certainly using the symbolism there in my own life. White, often symbolizing purity, is something that Jesus continues to grow in me, gently, like a snowfall perhaps.

I continue searching for HIM, yet knowing that I am already found by Him. "I love you, and you are Mine," is often a phrase Jesus speaks to my heart; and thus reverberates from Him to all that He loves. I know that my Father in Heaven will show me what He wants of me. Patience is key. I am discerning a particular religious community right now, and through that, will continue to trust.

I've also been reminded and come to a deeper understanding of what it means to be safe in Our Lord's Arms. He so wants us to know that we are safe.
"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord you God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior...So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isaiah 43:1b-3a, 41:10)

Sometimes, it is just good to rest in His arms. I am His child.

Our Lady of the Snows, Pray for us!

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