Winter of 2014

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A Preacher’s Minute

 “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

We have seen the sun, felt its moderate warmth, and celebrated what has been absent.

What after all, has this winter of 2014 really felt like?

It was hard: the ice was hard, the commute was hard, the day was hard, the shoveling was hard, the city’s salt budget was hard to meet

It was cold: the temperature was cold, the windows were cold, your hands were cold, your feet were cold, the forecast was cold, and the length of dreary days was cold It was dark: the sky was dark, the outlook was dark, the feelings inside were dark, some moods were dark, empty pockets were dark But! “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

On the contrary, now do we feel soft? soft, mushy snow starting to melt, soft, warm skin from a welcome sun, soft words accompanied by smiles Now it is starting to be warm: The window pane is getting warm, the heart inside is warm, the house is warm, and the kitten’s fur is warm from sitting in the window.

We feel light: the sky is lighter, the burdens are lighter, the shovel is lighter, and the future is lighter Yes, indeed: “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

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