Who’s ready for Spring?Winter hasn’t even gotten a good start, and we’re already wishing for warmer weather.
We talk about it all winter long, all through the cold, the rain, and the occasional ice storm or snow. Winter in the South can be quite miserable.We’re looking for some encouragement during the long dreary days of winter, and one such boost comes on February 2, Groundhog Day.
The folklore says that if it is cloudy when a groundhog steps out of its burrow on this particular day, Spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, while winter weather continues for six more weeks.The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where Phil, the “official” Groundhog of the day, makes his annual appearance.
No matter that he is more wrong than he is right. We need a little hope that Spring will come once again, that trees will grow new branches and new leaves, that flowers will pop out of the ground like magic, and birds will sing their lovely songs.Spring means a reawakening of nature, a transformation of roots thought dead, a restoration of our weary souls, worn down by the drab days of winter.
So why am I talking about Spring on Christmas Day?Because, like Spring, Christmas represents a new beginning for Christians, the greatest new beginning since the creation of the world. Without Christ, there would be no Christians. And not just that, there would also be no hope, little love for anything but ourselves, no sympathy, no empathy, a drab and dreary world far beyond our imaginings.
I know we just had Thanksgiving and thought about things we were thankful for, but I think it’s appropriate to intentionally be thankful again today, thinking of the small baby that was Christ Jesus and all that He became and is for us in our lives.Christ fits perfectly within us, whether we’re celebrating Christmas, Groundhog Day or the 4th of July.
And today, of all days, we really should invite Him in and see Spring through His eyes.Merry Christmas from David and I!