Happy New Year, friends. It’s finally January. Winter is in full swing. I wondered if I would be ready for winter. But now I know that I am. I find myself giving greater devotion to simpler things.
There is something comforting about waking up next to my husband. Hearing our baby shuffle in her crib (or crying because she’s ready to eat). The comfort of putting on my wool socks and sweater to keep some of the chills away. The boiling water beckons me to make a cup of my favorite tea. As I look out the window, everything seems barren and cold. It may not look like much, yet it reminds me to enjoy the comforts within. Although we prefer to escape the cold, it does encourage us to appreciate the warmth within our homes.
The new year has begun. We can choose to mimic the same nostalgic rhythm of setting resolutions or adopt a quieter rhythm. I choose to embrace winter fully rather than wish it away as I normally do. There is a pull to pause, reflect, and contemplate what opportunity I have available now. Let us wrap ourselves in the warm garments of the Lord’s promises this season.
It’s impossible to look around at the tall trees, the deer that come to visit, or the family gathered around the table and not marvel at the God who created them. Because of Christ, we are invited to fellowship with the living God that created such wonder all around us.
“For His invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
We can hunker down to enjoy a quieter rhythm and restore a sense of balance within. We can slow down to invite Christ into our hearts and home this season. There is much comfort to be found within. We can find love within and welcome healing, growth, and peace within. What a blessed time to find comfort within. May we not rush this season by but rather embrace the glory of being in the presence of the Messiah.
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