Carolyn’s Online Magazine
FIRST SNOW BRINGS OPTIMISM
I was still awake when my husband Monte, after sleeping a couple of hours, notified me that I had to look outside. The scene was beautiful—a white blanket of snow 15 inches deep, the result of a winter storm named Jonas.
Although such a snow can bring pessimism and hopelessness, the first snow (this is the first real snow) of the winter season has an optimistic side for me. As it covers all the blemishes of the land, the brown covering following the brilliant leaf dropping by trees, the signals of the end of another round of seasons, the new fallen snow equalizes all lawns.
The freshness and brilliance of the new fallen snow brings thoughts starting anew, starting fresh, of having my wrongdoings buried nature’s white blanket. It reminds me of Jesus’ acceptance of all our sins, allowing us to start anew.
Thus, today I offer early morning pictures of storm Jonas’ gift to us in response to the WordPress photo challenge for January 23, 2016: optimistic. And I’ll let you determine whether Monte and/or I are certifiably insane: me for going out and exercising my trigger finger at 1:45 a. m., or Monte for going outside to shovel at 2:15 a. m.