I came across an album of forgotten photos I took back in November – before the mid-winter dreariness set in and the snow and ice killed them all. I probably took way too many photos around that time and unloaded them on my computer just to forget they were there.
But now, in the midst of the winter bleakness I’m so thankful for the bright cheeriness of those flowers. I needed to find this album now. With the dark, cold days of winter setting in, the low income from my job this time of year, and my mom’s cancer, the flower photos were just the pick-me-up I needed to get me out of a winter funk.
We all have dark seasons in our lives, but you’ll notice, even in the dark times, there is always a little bit of light to hold on to. Little bits of loveliness to perk us up again. The light shines darkest before the dawn, the stars can’t shine without the darkness – and all that jazz.
Today, I remind you all to hold on to hope. I know mine’s just about gone right now. But I’m holding on to that tiny bit remaining anyway. As if my life depends upon it. Or as if my mom’s life does, in my case.
If you find rays of sunshine during the darkness, hold on to them. Or, if you find a forgotten album of flower photos from warmer days, enjoy them! Just know this: Winter doesn’t last forever. Spring is Coming!!!
So, here’s to a mid-winter break from ice and snow. A moments pause to remember warmer, sunnier days are coming.
A time to remember this too will pass. This season will move on.
To a time of hope and rebirth and new life.
*This week, send out prayers for the specialist involved in my mom’s cancer treatment as he is making a decision to introduce another new medicine into her chemo routine.