“He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes. He casts forth His ice as fragments; who can stand before His cold? He sends forth His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow and the waters to flow” (Psalm 147:16-18).

Arctic temperatures, snow, sleet, and ice are equally glorious to other displays of God’s creative wonder. Yet, they present a unique paradox; they are both burden and blessing. The harsh conditions encountered when these wintry exhibitions first appear soon melt away and become liquid nourishment. Such is the word of God and the blowing of God’s Spirit to heart’s grown cold; it is from these receptive hearts that living waters flow.

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