Hello, my friends!
It was a crisp, clear winter day and a group of well bundled adventurers made their way along the road with a cargo of brooms and bobsleds.
One member of this rather unconventional group looked up at her older sister with delight. “It’s just like a story.” She whispered.
The older sister had been thinking the exact same thing. In fact, she had been imagining herself part of the March family setting out from Orchard house with Laurie.
But this was better because this was real.
The slight wind whispered it’s way through the tree branches. “Bare, ruined choirs” as Shakespeare called them, waiting for the birds to return and fill them with song. And a layer of dusty snow blanketed the frozen pond.
Though the birds had grown quiet the heavens had not. The song of the Creator still swelled in the glimpse of the sun behind the clouds and in the wind that came in short gusts.
Soccer balls and brooms and voices soon joined the chorus. And in the winter hollow our shouts and laughter and tears (after all, if you’re skating on ice in rain boots there’s bound to be some slipping) proclaimed life and hope as we dared to be joyous, though we had considered the odds.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.Wendell Berry
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts… Practice Resurrection.
We named ourselves the mighty ducks and the sleepy dragons and pushed that soccer ball from one corner of the small pond to the other. Some mighty ducks ended up in a pile and some of the sleepy dragons proved true to their name after having missed nap time the day before but all the same it was wonderful. It’s funny how the cold doesn’t seem so frozen when you’re slipping and sliding and laughing.
When our hearts are winter worn may the One who is the Light of the World give us grace to practice resurrection.
The LORD of hosts… Will swallow up death for all time, and the Lord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces, and He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. And if will be said in that day, ‘Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.Isaiah 25:8-9
Whether it is the “winter” of cold and blackness or the “winter” of sinful men destroying another peoples’ nation we can look forward to the spring and summer of the Lord making all things right.
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Amen. I’m so thankful we have that hope.