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9th December 2023

Always Winter


Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.


Psalm 30:5


In C. S. Lewis’ fictional world of Narnia, where it was for a hundred years always winter. Cold, wet snow, with no hope of springtime ever arriving to wipe away the memories of icy temperatures and piles of white stuff. But worst of all, in Narnia, Christmas never came. Always winter and never Christmas! To me, the best part of winter is the anticipation, excitement, and wonder of Christmas. Life is bleak when you have nothing to look forward to.


There are some whose souls are locked in winter. The hardness of life has frozen their hearts. Disappointed with life, they find that each day is filled with despair. “Weeping may endure for a night,” the psalmist tells us, “but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:65). In the darkest times of our lives, God longs to turn our “mourning into dancing” (v11).


David, the shepherd boy who became king, wrote in Psalm 94:19: “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.” If you cry out to God in the midst of your “winter,” you can experience the joy of the Christ of Christmas today.

Bible Reading

Psalm 30:4-12.

Prayer

God of love and compassion, You can turn sorrow into dancing. I pray for those this day that mourn, and for those who are filled with sorrow. I ask that you will-hear all, and comfort all that call upon your name. In Christ's name, I pray. Amen.
















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