Let it Snow??

winter-wonderland-in-michiganAlthough it’s grey this morning, we had a foot of snow descend like shimmering stardust over the weekend, turning Michigan’s landscape into a winter wonderland. The moon reflecting off the snowdrifts made the night seem almost bright last night. Were it not for so many of my loved ones needing to travel, I’d say, “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!” deep-snowsHowever, it’s not just Alan commuting to work and my son Stephen needing to drive home from New York for Christmas vacation that’s on my mind. It’s my close friends who are commuting over an hour to Lansing because their father is dying…and my friends who are driving back and forth from northern Michigan, where their parents have just been admitted to an assisted living facility…my friend who is trying to recover from a broken hip, and my friend whose mom is in the hospital with a stroke. snowy-woodsLife is so beautiful, but life is also extremely painful and difficult, isn’t it? Even those of us who aren’t dealing with physical pain ourselves are hurting for those we love, because some of them are really suffering this holiday season. Losses. Loss of spouses. Loss of children. This week’s emphasis on the Advent Calendar is joy, and our pastor reminded us that joy can coexist with pain and suffering, not through denial of the pain, but through the joy of hope and the experience of love. snowy-evergreensI hope during this holiday season you’re able to experience love, hope, peace…and yes—JOY!— with those who are dear to you—even in the midst of life’s heartaches. The very best present is your presence with those who are suffering. I pray for all of us to reach out and touch others with joy this Christmas. ‘Tis the season!  christmas-bells

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.”
(—Lyrics by Isaac Watts, 1719; Music by George Frideric Handel)

 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).

4 responses to “Let it Snow??

  1. Paul Brand goes so far as to say there is real joy only in pain. He agrees with Confucius who is reported to have said about one of the world’s great joys: To be in the desert for days – dry and parched. Then to have a cloud come over and have great drops of rain fall – is that not pure joy!

    • There is something to the contrast, which was on my mind while enjoying the white etching of snow on the dark, bare trees. We do learn through contrast. But, I’m a chicken. I always ask the Lord to help me love him with great passion without letting me wander off into trouble! Still, some of my greatest joys (such as the birth of our children) collided with my greatest sufferings. Those times have taught me more of “the fellowship of his sufferings,” which can’t be experienced any other way.

  2. Charylene Powers

    I think for me….the Joy I feel while walking through difficult times is knowing that God never leaves me and He cares. I am never alone in my suffering.

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