Pastor's Pen, February 2013

“Darkness must pass. A new day will come and when the sun shines, it will shine all the clearer.”--J R R Tolkien. We know Tolkien as the author the The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. This quote from him rings very true in the middle part of the long winter season. We love the sunny days, even if it is cold outside.  But to be both cold and gloomy can at times seem unbearable.
 
But we know that the seasons pass.  Just as fall gives way to winter, winter will soon yield to the warmth, color, and beauty of spring. We just don’t want to wait, though.  Perhaps there is something to be learned in the bleak winter and maybe what we learn can turn out to be a gift or gifts to us.  Just what we may learn will be just as unique as we each are, and when we may receive the gift may be just the surprise that true gifts always are.

There’s nothing wrong with looking forward to spring, even counting the days on a calendar.  But don’t dismiss the value that winter can hold for all of us.  For it is even in the darkest of times that we learn valuable lessons of faith like--God is with us always.  That’s what David conveyed to us in the 23rd Psalm.  So this winter, if we can’t walk out in the snow or we sit by a warm fireplace and watch the snow fall (because there hasn’t been any snow this winter!!) then go for a walk and breath in the fresh crisp air or watch the stars on a crisp clear evening.  There really is much to be enjoyed and learned this winter.

By the way, if you are wondering, the first day of spring is March 20!!

In Christ’s Love,

Tommy

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