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Good news, even in winter’s snow

on March 24, 2013

Like much of the UK we’ve got more snow. I reckon even the schoolchildren have had enough of the white stuff! The general reaction seems to be one of ‘Oh no! Not more!’ and ‘Aren’t we finished with this winter yet?!’

It’s been a long hard winter.

I realised today that my husband was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in 2007. And there were obvious problems for a number of years before that. Hanging on, enduring your way through something that never seems to end – and certainly is not going to improve – is like an endless winter with no promise of spring.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick” Proverbs 13:12

With incurable, long-term, degenerative illnesses, hope is not only deferred but stamped on. There is no hope.

Walking back from church in the snow this morning, I spotted the flower troughs in our pedestrianised shopping street. They had been planted with bulbs and the bulbs had attempted to flower at the right time of year. But now their delicate yellow heads were bowed under the weight of snow.

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I’m hoping the snow will melt and the daffodils will be able to survive. And I’m hoping that those of us who are bowed down with the burdens of life will be able to hang on till the winter in our lives loosens its grip.

This Palm Sunday, I simply offer you the One Who came in the Name of the Lord – a Lord with a track record of rescue. And the One Who came had come to effect the biggest rescue of all: the redemption of the whole creation. And that includes you and me in whatever example of death’s dark vale we’re currently struggling through.

We don’t have to do it alone. He’s been there, defeated it, and His Cross is the symbol of His victory. This is the Good News today and every day!


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