The first day of winter, a day of hope, and decorating the Church

Today is the first day of winter. When you live in Minnesota, normally, at this time of year, we are covered in snow, and it’s very cold. Today, we are not covered in snow. The ground is bare, and it’s cold, but not that cold. There’s a 10% chance that we will have a white Christmas! That’s okay. Life will go on without the snow, but it will be different.

Today is also the day when there is more darkness than light. It’s considered the shortest day of the year, even though there are still 24 hours in the day. Natural light will be limited. That’s just the way it is. This is the natural progression of the seasons established by God. In spite of this, today is a day of great hope! In spite of the darkness, the light will come. Tomorrow, our sunsets will be later leading us into spring. Since June, our sunsets came earlier, leading us into fall and, now, winter. Like the Son of God, who came when the world was covered in darkness, the light will begin to spread throughout the world bringing us a new beginning.

Jesus not only gave us a new beginning, not because we deserve it, but because He loved us. We did nothing to earn His love. We don’t even, as terribly sinful people, deserve His love, but He gives it to us without condition. He is love. The Father is Love. The Holy Spirit is Love. We are blessed by the love of the Triune God. If that is not reason to rejoice, then we have no reason to rejoice.

Yesterday afternoon, many of us gathered to help decorate the church. I was so full of joy! There we were, with our God present in the tabernacle watching us, and I’m sure He said,
“Wow! Look at what these women are doing for Me and My Church. They are making My Church look beautiful!” We were like flashes of light racing around with boughs of evergreens in our arms, flowers, fabrics, well, you name it, we moved it. Then, when we were finished, the Church looked beautiful! Look at the finished product.

Isn’t it beautiful!! I know God was celebrating with us!