cages

snowman: a representative of a human figure created with 
                     compressed snow; usually formed by piling large
                     snowballs on top of each other.

Alright, you probably didn’t need a definition for this perpetual winter symbol of fun and frolic.

No matter where you live, I hope that at least once in your life you have built a snowman.

If you reflect, the constructing was  full of fun, laughter and labor intensive.

You might have stood back and gazed at your creation with a smile, very wet clothes and icy blue fingers.

What if you looked at your life as represented by a snowman?

Has your life been  carefully built snowball by snowball?

Is each feature put in exactly the right place?

A carrot here, a few buttons there with sticks outstretched.

Do you fear that your  designed life might one day melt as quickly as it was assembled?

Have you looked around and seen others with melted lives and worried that you might be next?

Have you hidden your life behind a cage for safe keeping?

Or maybe your snowman is misshapen or out of alignment?

Is your snowman thawing before your eyes?

Snowmen are designed for winter.

The new year begins with winter when trees are bare and the air is cold.

Winter is not meant to last.

Yet winter is  necessary.

Snowmen are not meant to be caged*

and neither are you.

Jesus came to free us from the cages of our making.

As this year of newness begins, ask Jesus what parts

of your life are caged and  let Him touch them.

Let him open the door and release you.

Remind yourself of these words of truth that are

for each one of us:

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, 
   because the LORD has anointed me 
   to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, 
   to proclaim freedom for the captives 
   and release from darkness for the prisoners, 
 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor 
   and the day of vengeance of our God, 
to comfort all who mourn, 
  and provide for those who grieve in Zion— 
to bestow on them a crown of beauty 
   instead of ashes, 
the oil of joy 
   instead of mourning, 
and a garment of praise 
   instead of a spirit of despair. 

They will be called oaks of righteousness, 
   a planting of the LORD 
   for the display of his splendor.

Isaiah 61: 1-3

*this little snowman was made by Caleb’s teacher
for Caleb because he missed school when they were
made. He was able to paint his which delighted him.
I changed the mantle this week and placed a birdcage
at one end.  Caleb played with the door and then decided
that the cage needed to be filled with his snowman.
One never knows how a blog post will be born.
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