Dear TLS Community,
Winter Around the Corner
Each season has its positives and negatives, with winter no exception. I would have to say though that winter is one my favourite seasons. I love to listen to the rain beating on the roof at night, the waterfalls that come out of ‘hibernation’, the crispness of the afternoon as the sun starts to dip, and the green renewed countryside as the season progresses.
My family would debate my ‘favouritism’ with me as I have in the past suffered from the ‘occasional’ chilblain, and coldness of hands and feet due to a circulatory system that is weak around the peripherals, making people jump at my touch/handshake and marvel at my white/blue tinges at times. In fact I developed (and have maintained!) a reputation for ‘blueness’ during my footballing days with Hahndorf 30+ years ago most winter afternoons. Observing and knowing this then begs the question – what possesses me to live in the Adelaide Hills where you know this will happen year after year?
But that’s also what makes winter a favourite for me – the great feeling of rugging up in my scarf, gloves and coat (as you may have seen already) and feeling the warmth return, or nestling into my warm bed under a thick doona. A feeling of comfort, contentment and peace.
I’m reminded also of the writings of C. S. Lewis in ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, where four children stumble into Narnia, a world of perpetual winter and snow. As the story progresses the return of Aslan, the lion, the king of Narnia, thaws the winter and after battles and sacrifices, the inhabitants return to a feeling of warmth and contentment.
- C. S. Lewis was a Christian writer, and the aforementioned book contains many Christian parallels – it is well worth a read!
This is not dissimilar to receiving a feeling of warmth, contentment and peace regularly as I remember the forgiveness that I receive daily from God through the sacrifice of Christ his Son. In fact I vividly remember a number of occasions where this has been most evident as I have received Holy Communion at various times in my life – the overwhelming feeling of peace in my life once more.
Matthew 26:28 – 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
So, as you see me in my winter attire (layers and layers sometimes) over the next few months, whilst I am encouraging circulation back into my hands, remember I love it, because it reminds me that Jesus loves me and forgives me.
May God richly bless you throughout the coming week,
PS – Contrary to popular belief, my coat will not need to be surgically removed at the end of the season!!