Am I the only one who experiences seasonal sadness? The weather is cold and yucky, Christmas may have not been all you hoped for, and let’s not mention the extra holiday pounds and pale skin! By mid-February all hope seems lost and you may be in a funk you can’t seem to pull yourself out of!
But never lose hope, new growth will always bloom after a long break.
In the same way nature takes a long winters nap, I think we hit the pause button in winter. I always seem to find myself in deep reflection and thought as Christmas turns to the New Year and winter takes her course. During this break or pause, I always think of my family, my past, and where I’d like to see my life go in the New Year.
Like a lot of people, I find myself so critical during this reflection. Did I do enough? Earn enough? Grow enough? We can also focus on the hardships we’ve faced and wonder if the tide will change for us soon. No matter the tough-times, cold season, or regrets we may carry; hope for what lies ahead is ever present!
In the same way flowers always bloom in the spring, joy and new growth is just around the corner. After every cold winter, there is spring, after death there is life, and after the most difficult paths to cross there is respite for us all.
1 Peter 1:3
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”