A Septillion Snowflakes

A Septillion SnowflakesDid you know that about one septillion snowflakes fall during an average winter? To put it in perspective, a septillion is equal to a trillion trillion! That’s a lot of snowflakes.

Now consider that no two snowflakes are alike. How do we know? Because, according to crystallographers (scientists who study the structure of crystals), not all water molecules are exactly the same, and snowflakes are made up of water molecules. Add to that winter’s unstable atmospheric conditions. Snowflakes react to temperature changes as they pass through the atmosphere, and that causes them to change their shape and design. To find any two exactly alike is virtually impossible.

A septillion snowflakes, no two alike, each brilliantly designed by our Creator.

Like snowflakes, we humans are unique and complex. Each of us is shaped for God’s purpose. He not only gives us one-of-a-kind DNA, but also unique creative gifts (1 Corinthians 7:7), reasons for existence (Ephesians 1:11), abilities (2 Corinthians 3:5), personalities (1 Samuel 16:7) and experiences (Romans 8:28).

So, if you look out your window and see snowflakes spilling from the sky, remember that you are not all that different from these matchless, tiny masses of ice. In God’s eyes you are small, and yet you are a perfect and indispensable part of His great and mighty plan.

I will give thanks to You,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
—Psalm 139:14 (NASB)

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The Birth of Jesus, Luke 2:1-20

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In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

B4znVCoCYAE8YtC13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

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