We all woke up last Sunday morning to a carpet of white, the first snowfall of winter. Despite the usual chaos on the roads, trains, airports etc. there is something amazing about the reflected light – so much more intense than the grey sky would normally allow and everything seemed so clean and fresh. The Vicar of our local parish church posted an amusing picture on Facebook of Winchcombe in the snow and it was just a plain white square – most people got the joke but it set me thinking. When God looks at Winchcombe what does he see, how pure and white is it. By the end of the day on Monday the pristine white snow had been trampled into a grey, ugly mess by human activity and this is a picture of what we do with our lives. But Advent reminds us that God has promised that through Jesus we can see our grey ugly mess of a life transformed into something pure, white and clean – something beautiful. Psalm 51:7 says “Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow”. This is a promise from God, not just a fleeting few hours of whiteness but a life that shines with a brilliance that is whiter than snow.