Sunday, January 10

Sunday soul food

It's been very cold here, with more cold weather to come.

Winter is just getting started, and already it's easy for me to grow discouraged by the grey days, the leaden skies, the frigid temperatures.

But then I am reminded:

To everything there is a season,
 A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born, a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain form embracing;
A time to gain, and a time to lose;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time of war, and a time of peace.          (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

Although I may not understand precisely what the writer of this wisdom meant by all of theses words, I can discern that God created an order to things when He created this world.  And though I may not always appreciate the grey days, leaden skies, and frigid temperatures of winter, I can trust that all four seasons are necessary parts of that order.

With this, along with everything else, I believe I can trust the Creator with what is best.

So it's a good time for me to remember this:

How about you?  Do you struggle with the winter weather?  How is it with your soul?


  1. Richella,
    In my Senior years, I struggle with the pain that comes from the cold of Winter!!!
    My body is wretched with arthritis!!!
    However, I love SNOW!!!
    I love the Season of Winter!!!
    Many are the days I spend gazing out my patio doors at the fresh SNOW and smile!!!
    Being a vocalist, the phrase from a hymn comes to mind. . .
    "He washed me white as SNOW."
    It is well with my soul!!!
    Winter is but a Season. . .a time.

  2. Here, in Phoenix, struggling with the winter weather is Not the problem. However, the summer weather is our challenge. Yet and still, each such season does it's work for the entire year. May you be blessed with God's warmth on the cold winter days. Blessings, Cindy

  3. I love winter weather, especially when some snow days are involved! :)

  4. Winter is not my favorite season and I am affected by the grey skies and cold weather. A little depressing. Your words shed a new light and I thank you... May you weather this winter with days filled with happiness Richella :)

  5. Thank you for the reminder Richella! I definitely have to remind myself to remember that the Lord gives us exactly what we need even grey winter days!I supposed not everyday is supposed to have fall foliage and clear skies :-)


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