The Sound of Silence


This is the sound of forgiveness. When Jesus speaks grace, it covers everything in us, just like the snow.

On snow and forgiveness

Late yesterday afternoon, I stood quietly in my driveway and looked at the snow-covered beauty around me. The snow covering the hills around me was soft and thick, a blanket that seemed to hold everything perfectly still for the moment.

This is what Isaiah was talking about, I thought, when he wrote, “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18).

So this is what forgiveness looks like, I thought. Covered in brilliant white; thick, as if grace was slathered on to be sure there was enough; heavy, to be sure that what was covered would stay covered.

The longer I stood there, the more deeply I began to notice the silence. There simply was no sound. No cars being driven home. No birds calling or even flapping their wings in the trees. Just silence, hanging in the air as thick and deep as the snow itself.

Then it hit me. If snow is what forgiveness looks like, then this silence is what forgiveness sounds like.

Our thoughts are often noisy with grudges of past wounds and accusations of failures. Our hearts are cluttered with regrets and guilt. But when Jesus speaks forgiveness, there is only stillness. The voices that judge and condemn are silenced. Grudges that bring pain to remembrance are swallowed up in the thick stillness. No guilt can accuse. Forgiveness brings a peace that can only be shown in stillness, like the wind and the sea when Jesus calmed the storm.

So, I stood there in my driveway, looking at the snow and straining my ears to try and hear any noise at all. Nothing. Just more silence.

This is the sound of forgiveness. When Jesus speaks grace, it covers everything in us, just like the snow.

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