The first major winter storm has come and gone from the Saint Louis metro area. There were some that had a day off from work or school due to the amount of snow that fell. (November 14-15, 2018) Others braved the slick roads and went to their jobs or got out and went to find a place to play in the snow. Perhaps some sledding and snowman building was a part of your day.

Perhaps you were affected adversely by the storm. You may have been one of the unfortunate people stranded or had a vehicle mishap, due to the poor driving conditions. This writer chose to stay in and do some office work. This article is being written from my kitchen table while observing the snowfall that continues.

The title is given with both the exclamation point and question mark because it will vary by reader whether it was cause for celebration or not. Those who got the day off may have loved that fact, and those that did not and had to get out in the hazardous conditions may not have liked the storm at all.

Despite any and all physical conditions that come in this life, Christians always have a reason to celebrate. This is possible because of the love of God in Christ Jesus the Lord. He came to this earth and lived the perfect life. He did this in order to become the perfect sacrifice that was required for mankind to receive the forgiveness of sin.

Once one obeys the gospel as set forth in the New Testament, then every day is a cause for celebration. Every day one can be thankful for the attaining of righteousness that was made possible by Jesus dying on the cross, being buried and then rising from the grave on that third day almost 2000 years ago.

The song “What a friend we have in Jesus” is sometimes sung and how true. We cannot have a better friend than the one who gave Himself for us. Look at His words from John 15:13-14 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you.

Of course, this writer has no idea how each of you that live in the Arnold area were affected by the recent winter storm. The hope and desire is that you were able to be safe and have a good day. But despite how you spent that day physically, hopefully you were able to have some solace in the fact that the God of Heaven loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you.

So, despite what may or may not be happening in your life today. Take a moment and rejoice in the fact that you are loved. That God in Christ has given you the greatest gift of all, the gift of salvation.

Please pray for everyone to be safe this winter season and that more and more people will hear the gospel message and be obedient to it.  Celebrate and rejoice in the Lord each and every day.