Texture by Kim Klassen: Franklin and Benjamin; 100% soft light
In the depth of winter I finally learned that
there was in me an invincible summer.
We all face the depths of winter in our lives. Sometimes these winters are mild, and other times they’re white-out condition blizzards. We all know those kinds of winters. The ones where we seems isolated from all joy with nothing to warm our souls.
These times are marked by sorrow, fear, disappointment, worry, loneliness, frustration, hopelessness and death. Times that steal our happiness and block our desire to enjoy the goodness of life. In fact, it’s the depths of winter that sometimes succeed in convincing us there isn’t any goodness left.
And all we have to do it look around. The depths of winter surround us on a daily basis, regardless of the temperature. Broken relationships, dysfunctional families, natural disasters, homelessness, poverty…it doesn’t take long for the darkness to wash over us and leave us feeling like it’s impossible to make a significant difference.
And then we’re expected to put on a happy face, sing songs and wish each other Happy Holidays!”and “Peace on earth, goodwill to men.” It’s easy to understand why we may feel the depths of winter more acutely this time of year.
Is this really the most wonderful time of the year?
Yes, it is.
Advent season is almost finished. The time designed to prepare and anticipate a very special birth. A birth that, by design, pierces the darkness of our world and gives hope to the lonely, frustrated, fearful, depressed and disappointed.
Advent and its sibling, Christmas, can create an ever green, invincible summer in each of our hearts if we allow their message of incarnate grace to take root. With the birth of Christ comes hope, peace, joy and love. When we carry that invincible summer in our hearts, the depths of winter are met with the promise of greener, warmer days.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~Isaiah 9:6
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. ~2 Thessalonians 3:16