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'First Snow'

The promise of new life
Lead Summary
Brenda Winter, columnist

First Snow has arrived replacing the garden’s fading colors of fall with a twinkling coat of brilliance. It covers the brown, lost remnants of summer with a blanket of hope.
First Snow gives mortals a hint of the new creation described by John in the book of Revelation. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, … And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Every year, Creation becomes “a new earth” as First Snow provides her with a brilliant robe of white.
First Snow brings with it the promise of glorious new life which comes only after death.
The earth falls silent, overwhelmed by the offer.
First Snow grants new beauty to the garden, with frost outlining the remnants of summer. Ice-coated dogwoods and coneflowers give muted tribute to a season now past.
Snow forms cloud-like pompoms on still-standing seed heads, and frozen grasses extend their blades in silent worship.
The garden, once vibrant and buzzing, is now a place of solitude and rest.
But, wrapped in a pure white quilt of First Snow, the garden is more glorious than when last summer’s butterflies hovered over a riot of pink, yellow and purple.
With no dew on the roses, the garden is transformed into a new kind of beautiful.
First Snow drifts over the memories of fall and promises the garden’s beauty is not gone – it’s been transformed.

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