Be Joyful in Hope
The middle of winter is not for everyone. Many of us look at the calendar willing the days to pass.
The nights are dark. The weather can be wintry. And is it me, or is everyone sneezing? Again?
Yet even in the middle of winter there are signs of hope.
Spring bulbs begin to pierce some green shoots through the muddy ground. The days get just marginally lighter for a little longer. And a brisk winter walk - accompanied by an ever eager dog - can do wonders for your health.
So do you embrace this season or do you try to simply get through?
Our lives too can face differing seasons.
There's the season of being young and youthful.
There are seasons of hard work and nurturing others.
There are seasons of life and joy.
And then there are those other seasons. Those mid winter seasons.
Do you embrace such seasons or do you simply try to get through?
The Bible places a great emphasis on hope.
Hope is what sustains us through the ups and downs of life.
This isn't hope that things will get better - though seasons do come and go.
This isn't hope that somehow we'll muddle through - though we do come through.
This is hope that Jesus has broken the chains of sin and death.
This is hope that life - full life - is ours to embrace.
In a letter to the church in Rome we read about 3 ways to deal with mid winter seasons.
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12
Joyful - in hope.
Patient - in tough times.
Faithful - in prayer.