Dear Hopeful Soul,
Sometimes winter can last so long, or be so cold and dark and difficult that it seems like it will last forever.
This is not just for the actual season of winter, but for the winters of our lives….the times when things that were very very good seem as though they have died.
Winter is a peculiar time, however….because there is so much going on that cannot be seen, SO MUCH that is restorative and beautiful and lovely and important.
It is a time of rest for the plants and the animals…and maybe just maybe, it is supposed to be a time of rest for us, too. It is a time when everything is restored and renewed and built back up to get ready for the hard work of spring…the renewal, the rebirth, the new life.
What if we took it all into our own souls and had a time like this…a time that we give ourselves full permission to experience? A time when we are simply restoring, resting, renewing and building strength for what is to come?
Because no matter how hard the winter is….spring is going to come. No matter how dead the world may look, it is going to come back to life….as green and beautiful as ever. The sun is going to shine and everything is going to grow again….as soon as it is time.