white as snow // hymn #4 of challenge

The last few days I have been receiving pictures from family and friends of snow fall. The pictures included crystal icicles hanging from roofs, clear blue skies, and heavy tree branches covered in snow icing. Beautiful.

I remember some wintry mornings and not even being able to look ahead because of the blinding reflection of the sun off of the snow. It was SO bright it hurt. When I imagine the glory of God I think of it in a similar way. It is so captivating I want to look, I try to open my eyes a bit to get a glimpse, but my reflexes kick in and my eyes close shut. So radiant!

The book of Revelation describes the holy city, New Jerusalem, shining with the glory of God.

It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal… The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. Revelation 21:11 & 23

Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, CO

Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, CO


 I am happy to say that I have finished my Christmas hymn, White as Snow.

It is a hymn that focuses more on the melody with a simple piano accompaniment. You will hear me singing the parts below a cappella.

 

May your Christmas be filled with the light of the Lamb as we look forward to His coming again!

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white as snow // hymn #4 text

While preparing for the children’s Christmas concert for our church this month I have had sweet little carols singing in my head.

I love children. I love music. I love Jesus. These three things together = Gold!

So for this month I decided to compose a children’s hymn for Christmas, White as Snow.

hymn4

I am writing about snow. I live in 75 degree wintry Texas. The probability of snow falling and staying in Texas is near impossible. I can accept this.

I like to fix problems. Sin is a problem that I can’t fix on my own. Only God can “create in me a clean heart”, I know this, and yet I try compensating for my sins still! It could drive me nuts! When I focus on solving the problems that result because of sin on my own it’s like having a to do list item that never gets crossed off the list! It’s impossible!

This is why the picture that God gives about forgiving our sins is so comforting,

 Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18b

Isaiah was talking to God’s people who continued to rebel… sound familiar? We all do! God demands perfection from every person and we all fall short – everytime.

This is why Jesus’ coming, the Messiah, is life changing. Eternally.

Jesus came to win us eternal life. He came to make us right with God again. He did this by substituting his perfect obedient life, though tempted, in our place and taking ALL sin and death into himself on the cross. Only a pure lamb, without blemish, one as white as snow, could be accepted for sacrifice to God. That pure lamb is Jesus. This is where true peace in the face death can be found.

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. Hebrews 2:14-15

As I was reading the text for the Christmas readings in Hebrews 1 & 2 from the church year calendar, I was reminded how important it was that Jesus was both true God and true man.

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. Hebrews 1:3

For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17

hymn 4 text

White as Snow

Refrain: Though our sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow,
they shall be as white as snow.

Christ was made like us,
made with flesh and blood,
to share humanity.
He was given breath,
to free us from death,
from sin’s captivity.

Refrain: Though our sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow,
they shall be as white as snow.

Christ is merciful,
as high priest faithful,
to make atonement for sin.
For us He suffered,
was tempted, and learned
obedience to help men.

Refrain: Though our sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow,
they shall be as white as snow.

Christ is radiant,
fully represents
our God’s being and glory.
We are purified,
all our sins have died
by Christ, our Savior, holy.

Refrain: Though our sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow,
they shall be as white as snow.