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Be the Light of Jesus...even in wintertime

posted Jan 10, 2017, 6:20 AM by Bowmansville UMC

For years my pat response to questions about our seasonal Western New York weather is to say that I DON’T like winter…other than seeing the first snow fall…then it can melt and go away…(LOL)

I don’t really care for the cold weather, the dim overcast skies, and even the early dark! (My favorite temperature this time of year is 35 or higher degrees!)

I think of those old European paintings of a simple thatched-roof cottage set at night in a snowy forest, with smoke drifting out of its chimney, and a yellowish glow emanating from its windows. It speaks of hearth and home, of the warm and cozy, of inner light.

It stands in studied contrast to the bleached out, burned out hot days of summer, of the blazing sun’s sheer relentlessness and unyielding tenacity. Winter, instead, bequeaths clouds both moody and complex, along with the contemplative interplay of a wan sky and the hushed earth, yielding a multiplicity of shades, both light and dark.

It is a time to consider, stepping back for but a moment to assess our otherwise distracted lives, to let God intercede for us while our defenses are momentarily down.

It is a time to connect with what is most basic, God, & family, and, not to put too fine a point on it, what is most meaningful in life, to question why we are even here, and what our true purpose might be, for some are still searching I see.

This, along with the greater than normal expectations of the Christmastide/Epiphany season – of togetherness, happiness, and wholeness – can make it a difficult time for many.

For when we step back to actively listen to our lives, and if they are found wanting in whatever way, our sense of isolation and distress can be greatly magnified.

Yet this season is premised on the sure belief that the light of God has come into our darkened world, ready to transform it, and us, in ways that reflect God’s heavenly glory.

And in the darkness of winter, we are assured that in the darkness of the world we as Christians shall overcome it.

In this, is a renewal, and hope, born of the simple promise of God’s steadfast, unending love.

Even the 3 month soon-to-be burst of springtime colors, sights, and sounds is implicit in this improbable winter time weather, for there is waiting, a timing of the earthly things below the snow.

And our consolation is to be found therein, God still has control, he still sits on his throne of Grace & Mercy, ready to hear us as we pray this Christmastide/Epiphany season. Though the earthly lot be dim, let us be the Light of Jesus in the world, all seasons of the year, even in this winter time.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Jim