Dear Church Family,

I hope that you are all staying warm and safe this morning. I miss being with you all today, but the snow is beautiful. As I look out our front window the bushes are just small, white bumps in a sea of fluff. Everything is bright and fresh. The sight of a world covered in snow helps me imagine what redemption will look like. It reminds me of David's words in Psalm 51:7, "Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." Someday Christ will come to make all things new --- he will wash everything and the whole world will be whiter than snow! Let the sight out your window become a meditation for you today, a reminder of redemption.

Though we are not gathering today, I want to invite you to spend some time in our dwelling passage Philippians 3:7-4:1. I know that this passage is a long one and has felt difficult to engage for many of us, so I have broken it up into smaller sections and provided a few questions to lead you into reflection and prayer (see below). You can engage these questions individually with a journal, together with your family, or perhaps both, taking some time to reflect individually and then share with one another.

I hope these questions are helpful and lead you deeper into this passage that we are dwelling in together throughout this year.

Though we are not together, I am praying for you this morning. And I look forward to being with you all again soon.

"May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."

Grace and peace,
Drew Dixon