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When the Snow Comes Down

January 13, 2019

Patty and I were at our kitchen table yesterday, talking and watching it snow. (Martin, the 7-year-old-puppy-who-lets-us-live-with-him, was there, too.) (He was in the kitchen, but not at the table.) (And he wasn’t talking.) (Not sure if he was even watching it snow or not.)

The wind whipped the falling snow in all directions.

We said that it almost looked fake.

It looked sorta like the snowfalls we’d seen projected onto the outside of many homes during this recent Christmas season. But the smooth, easy grace of all those seemed more attractive than the wildly swirling snowy randomness outside our window yesterday.

Then we realized that the decorative had become the norm, calling the real into question.

Reminded me of the old line that government agents learn to spot counterfeit currency by studying the real thing.

And I wondered if that’s true.

Turns out that yes, training “in identifying counterfeit currency begins with studying genuine money.” (Want to know more?

Back to the yesterday and the snow. The remembered projected snowfall looked prettier than what was going on outside right then.

Reminded me of some colleagues and situations I’ve known.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, says 1st John 4:1.

Even if not as attractive as the artificial, the stuff outside our window was real.

Again: Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.

I’ll take some messy authenticity, please.

And thank You.





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