Here in Middle Tennessee, we have been told by our faithful and ever-energetic weather forecasters that we have a big snow storm coming. Yesterday, sure enough there was a run on supplies at the local supermarkets. This morning it was 11 degrees with a wind chill below zero. I'm sure church attendance will be down.
When Jesus was on the earth he was faithful and ever-energetic telling the disciples that he was going to be killed and would rise again, still they were surprised. Peter denied Christ. Thomas doubted. This is not because they were 'from the slow group' as my Pastor would say. They were human. They were living in the shadow of a walking miracle and they didn't want it to end.
Life today is the same way. We have our storms, we have our bleak times. But there is always a spring, and always something good that happens. You may be going through a deep winter with oppressive gray days, but still, there will be that single green shoot that sprouts a flower. That might be the smile of a child, or the wagging tail of your dog. Take the joy that is freely presented and don't wallow in the grey. Christ is available for all of us and he wants us to be happy and live in joy and abundance.
My next book is going to touch on joy and grief and the ups and downs of life. I've been shown how to tie it all together and I need to start outlining. I find great joy in being able to tell a story and get an emotional response. If I can hear that you laughed or cried, then I've done my job.
Stay warm, stay safe, and live with Christ in your heart.