This morning (October 29) I cut the last flowers of the growing season from my garden (thank you Pam Johnson for planting them in the Spring). I was astounded that these beautiful flowers survived the entire summer, made it through most of the fall and the recent cold and windy days.
November starts this Sunday and surely the cold winds and snow can’t be far behind. It’s that time of year, once again, when we as Minnesotan’s embrace the cold and the coming winter and darkness. Fortunately, part of this season of darkness is also the time of celebration and moving back to the light: Thanksgiving, Advent, and then as the light returns, Easter and the Lenten season.
Part of being a healthy human being and growing as a Christian is to embrace the darkness in our souls. We are all sinners who fall short of God’s glory. Unfortunately, part of being sinners is that we often stumble back into the darkness and we allow sin to get a grip on our lives once again.
In the midst of our struggles with the darkness God says, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Revelation
21:5), Move towards Jesus, the Light of the world! In Jesus we can be miraculously saved (over and over again from ourselves, the world and from others) and redeemed from sin and brought back into the Light of God.
As the winter and the darkness approaches, embrace the hope of Spring and Light. As you struggle with the darkness of your soul, move towards Jesus the Light of the World, and embrace the hope that he will bring a new day of light, joy and peace to your life!
Peace & Joy!