Hope and Snowdrops

Are you fed up of winter, longing for spring, longing for summer and warmer, sunnier days?

I’ve noticed people saying that a lot this year, overheard many conversations and comments of how dreary February has been and just how long winter hope and snowdrops picture 3was feeling.

Have you felt like that too?

Maybe I’m unusual, but I love winter. I might have an unfair advantage though! My birthday is in the middle of January, so whilst you might be too aware of many dark days stretching ahead, with Christmas and New Year celebrations all over and nothing new and exciting on the horizon, too many days until payday again, I’ve got my birthday to celebrate.

I do love birthdays and celebrations and the excuse to meet up and catch up with friends or family again.

I recommend a midwinter treat! Any excuse will do.

I love to be at home too, in the long evenings. I have some early spring bulbs or flowers indoors. I keep some fairy lights up in the house, I’ll light a candle, snuggle up with a book, or my knitting, or a film, wrapped in my favourite throw and cosy woolly socks. Next year I hope to have a real fire to cosy up with!

I have lights twinkling in dark early mornings too. I want to really celebrate the season and do those things I won’t want to be doing in the hot summer. I hope!

I love that God created seasons in this part of the world, that although winter may seem long and dark, spring will always follow and spring is my favourite season.

hope and snowdrops 4Luke 1:78-9 says “Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death and to guide us to the path of peace.”

 

However difficult our situations are, however long winter may seem, God’s promises still stand and if we go outside and look closely enough, there are buds on the trees, the new green shoots of crocuses and daffodils in the cold frosty ground, snowdrops forming a hazy white carpet under trees; guaranteed to lift the spirits.

Go and look! Days are getting longer. Spring is coming.

In the cold, short days of winter
Whilst the trees are bare,
When the ground is hard
And covered with frost,
White frozen crystals
Stretch across the earth.
A tight, taut sheet of lace,
Bravely, under the trees
Appears the snowdrop.
Gentle, soft leaves,
Pliable and warm,
Stretch out with his
early morning yawns.
The pretty white head nods towards the earth
And he dances
With February sunshine
Reflected in his face,
A sign of hope
And so full of grace,
Shines the snowdrop
In the shady place.

 Vicky Warnes

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