Two mornings in a row I have gotten up before the dawn to the sight of glistening, thick snow lying all about. I am formulating a theory that snow looks at its best under streetlights. This morning is amazing. Every tree about us is white as though frost after frost has made it so. Overnight ten centimetres of snow on our outside table has replaced what melted away during the course of yesterday when the sun shone for a brief period. None of this will mean much for northern hemisphere readers used to snow lying around for months on end. But this is the second major snowfall in Christchurch in less than a month (we can go for years without snow settling on the ground here) and the firstsettling snowfall in many other parts of northern New Zealand for decades (since 1939 for Auckland). Something happening to the global climate perchance?
Quite a good anti-riot measure is snow. People stay indoors (as we did for most of yesterday). Through overnight correspondence some good links have come through which are worth a look:
Andy Hawthorne speaking on the power of the gospel to transform lives.
Peter Ould with post-riot reflection here.
Happy reading and viewing - especially for Kiwis indoors!
Meantime I have absolutely no excuse not to mark some essays :)