Well most of us didn’t need the groundhog to tell us on this Groundhog Day that there might be more winter ahead… I’m sitting here in my home office in New Haven watching freezing rain come down on top of lots of new snow while the flocks of birds frantically try to eat enough to keep themselves going in the dropping temperatures that confront us here in CT and RI this winter. After the lulling effect of a quiet and easy December and January it seems all the harder to reconcile ourselves to winter… and yet, it is New England. We probably shouldn’t be surprised!
I presume we all made it through the excitement of the Super Bowl. And now we lean into February and March – months when we have to admit (whether we like it or not) that there is yet more winter to come.
I already miss the Christmas holiday season - its lights and tunes, its spirit and warmth, its foods and festivities. And so the words of an old Christmas song come to mind: “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow… in the bleak midwinter, long ago."
Our God transcends all heaven, earth, and its domain; heaven and earth shall flee away when Christ comes to reign; in the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed the sovereign God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
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