Hoarfrost valentine says ‘I love you’ to human race

COFFEE WITH WARREN, with Warren Harbeck
Cochrane Eagle, February 10, 2010

The recent hoarfrosts in Cochrane saw churchgoers pass through dazzling fantasylands, pine boughs hold out their fingers for all to admire, and many-faceted frost crystals sparkle like diamond engagement rings.
Photos by Warren Harbeck

Here we are, only days away from our annual celebration of great love. For some weeks I’d actually intended to write a column on God as our Great Lover.

But what symbols exist that speak truly of the steadfast love of the eternal God for us mere mortals?

At least among mortals, such symbols abound: a heart-shaped box of chocolates, a dozen roses, a sparkling diamond ring.

But what could possibly be said of the love of God?

While struggling to find just the right metaphor, I was distracted by one of the most beautiful hoarfrosts ever to adorn our foothills community.

Stepping away from the keyboard, I grabbed my camera, went outside and started shooting: churchgoers passing through frosted fantasylands; pine boughs holding out their fingers for all to admire; many-faceted frost crystals sparkling like diamond engagement rings . . . .

Yes, of course, the perfect symbol! The hoarfrost crystals sparkled like diamonds in a lover’s engagement ring – the Great Lover’s engagement ring for the human race!

How wonderful it is this Valentine’s season that God, our Great Lover, has embraced our land with diamonds to accompany His timeless words of old: “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”

© 2010 Warren Harbeck

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