Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The sun came out today
its golden splendor arrayed
on brown dusty grasses laid
barren for Spring
but my soul rejoices in this
a reminder of hope in the midst
of Winter and its death and cold
there’s more to life and living
©28 February 2021
Ahhhh … it’s almost Spring! Does that not make you want to sing? Does it fill you with hope and longing for more? I’m right there with you.
No matter how mild our winters are, or severe, there’s always something refreshing about the coming of Spring. I’m pretty sure that’s why God made each season.
We know each season is God’s way of teaching us about life. Spring is newness and growth. A refreshing of the spirit from Winter. Summer is just an overflow of Spring. It’s a season of joy, filled with sunshine and fun. Fall is the beginning of rest. Fall ushers in a cooling down of air, readying us for the change into Winter. Fall is the time to harvest from the Spring and Summer. And, while Winter is a despondent state—everything is in hibernation, taking its sabbatical of sorts—it’s also a time for rest. A time for healing from whatever came our way throughout the year. A time to let some things die, in order for us to live in the new year.
I know Winter is a cold time. Many of us hate the cold and can’t wait for it to be over. But what we must remember is, if it weren’t for death, there would be no life.
When Jesus allowed himself to be nailed to the cross to die for us, that my friends is when hope truly was poured out to us. Because without his death, he could not have risen from the dead and given us new life.
So, it’s in the newness of life we are saved. It’s in the newness of life, we have hope. Hope for a future. Hope for healing. Hope for love. Hope for whatever we need hope for.
All things—not some things—all things become new in Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away;
behold, all things have become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
If you are struggling today, it’s time to hold on to Jesus. Hold on to hope. Hold on to faith. Hold on to his everlasting, never-ending, love without condition.
Because when you have Jesus, you have hope and life. Life more abundant.
From My Heart to Yours,
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