Every year at this time I say the same thing, “What in the world am I doing living here.” It is now the middle of January and we’ve already topped last year’s snowfall and this morning the temperature dipped below zero. Today’s high was 5 degrees with more snow to come. Next week the forecast calls for a major ice storm. So far this has been a horrible, horrible winter. When people ask why we live here we respond, “Because we enjoy the four seasons.” Really? Not today!
Listen as the “Teacher” begins his litany,
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the sun.”
I am looking forward to springtime to hear mother robins sing before their young, to watch lawns as they become lush and green, to open windows and doors to let in the aroma of fresh air and to hear the sounds of children playing from the school playground nearby. It will also be nice to again hear the cooing of doves who call my rooftop, “Home” and to see my neighbors laugh and smile again.
Just as the spring rains bring newness to the soil and freshness to the flowers our souls need a steady downpour of constant renewal and a daily soaking of spiritual rejuvenation. We do this by continuing to petition the Father for forgiveness and by asking for His merciful pardon of grace from sin.
Read these words from the book of 1 John,
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9
Last week as I continued to pen this writing I received my baptism by submersion. I had gone through the motions at my former church and was sprinkled during a ceremony with little meaning and even less emotion. This time tears of joy flowed as I was baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. What a moment!
My certificate of Baptism reads,
“All of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death. Therefore, we have been buried with Him by baptism into death, so that, as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:3-4.
Need I say more?