Our sons were born in South East Asia, where my wife and I were living and working through the 1970s and
well into the 1980s.
I clearly remember the reaction of Ed, the older boy, when he saw snow for the
first time here in the UK, never having come across it in his Thailand home. As the flakes fell on to
the windscreen of the car, he exclaimed: “Look, daddy, soap powder!”
Snow is defined as ‘precipitation in the form of crystalline water ice that fall from clouds.
Composed of small ice particles, it is a granular material. It has an open and therefore soft
structure, unless subjected to external pressure.’ All very well for the encyclopedia, but when it hits
the ground it is cold and wet and to be avoided, if at all possible.
At its worst, the drifts cause blocked roads and affect traffic movement, and on occasions the armed
services have been brought in to drop supplies to people in danger, trapped in their houses.
The Old Testament prophet records God’s words to his people: ‘Come now, and let us reason
together; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like
crimson, they shall be as wool (Isaiah 1, 18).’ A wonderful picture of the Lord’s desire to bring
cleansing and forgiveness to all who confess their shortcomings and misdemeanours to him.
THE INTERVIEW with Prince Harry, broadcast on TV a day or two ago, was in turn informative,
moving and serious.
He’s a great guy, if I may say so, and totally committed to his calling. One, almost throw-away,
comment from 28-year old Harry was, not unusually, provocative, and yet quite profound. Speaking
of his exploits in Afghanistan, he said: “ ... take a life to save a life.”
Whether he realised it or not,
that is more or less the substance of the Christian message, contained in the writings of the New
Testament. Jesus Christ died at the hands of his enemies that we, in submission to him, might know
eternal peace and security.
EASTBOURNE’S DAY OF PRAYER was, by all accounts, a great success. Over 200 people gathered in
the Gold Room of the Winter Garden to pray for the town on the subject of Restoring Relationships:
in families, in the workplace, in the church. We shall see evidence very soon of God answering us,
we are sure.