On this first day of winter and in the gloom of lockdown, some words to remind us of grace, even in the cold.
There is a winter in all of our lives,
a chill and darkness that makes us yearn
for days that have gone
or put our hope in days yet to be.
God, you created seasons for a purpose.
Spring is full of expectation,
frosts abating and an awakening
of creation before the first days of summer.
The summer sun gives warmth
and comfort to our lives,
reviving aching joints,
bringing colour, new life
and crops to fruiting.
Autumn gives nature space
to lean back, relax and enjoy the fruits of its labour;
mellow colours in sky and landscape
as the earth prepares to rest.
Then winter, cold and bare as nature takes stock,
rests, unwinds, sleeps until the time is right.
An endless cycle
and yet a model of grace.
We need a winter in our lives,
a time of rest, a time to stand still,
a time to reacquaint ourselves
with the faith in which we live.
It is only then that we can draw strength
from the one in whom we are rooted,
take time to grow and rise through the darkness
into the warm glow of your springtime,
to blossom and flourish,
bring colour and vitality into this world,
Thank you, God of life,
for the seasons that colour our lives.