“Winter is coming.” These three words have a new interpretation since George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series became popular as an HBO series. For those of us in the Midwest District, winter is here. We are definitely in the midst of an historic storm, with Michigan State closing for the 6th time in its history. By Saturday, according to those most familiar with our weather patterns, there will be a significant warm up.
This brings me to one of my favorite events. Saturday is Groundhog’s Day. Punxsutawney Phil will once again make an appearance, informing us how much longer this particular winter will last. If you have never visited the website, in these days when we are huddled in our homes, please take a moment to check it out HERE. The tradition, history and humor around the care and comfort of Phil (who according to the information there will be celebrating his 133rd birthday) may bring some warmth and sunshine to your day.
I can probably guess that Phil will give us 6 more weeks of winter. The good news is that spring is coming. The promise of new life, new growth and new possibilities follow a time of dormancy, even if it comes from seasons of the year. As we do every spring, we will celebrate the hope and promise of the risen Savior just as flowers begin to bloom, transforming the land around us into a kaleidoscope of colors. Our faith is renewed. Our dedication to the One we serve is re-invigorated. Our relationship with our Creator God is deepened. And the love we share shapes us in amazing and wonderful ways.
As we look toward clearer skies and warmer weather, I invite you to hold the promise of spring in your hearts. Please take time each day to celebrate the risen Savior is in our lives. Seek ways to help those who are suffering through this Arctic blast. Lift one another up in prayer as we prepare for one of the holiest seasons of our Christian year. Be assured that our Lord is ever present in all that we say and do in His name. And Amen.