Yes, we know the calendar says it’s officially spring. But when we look around us, we still see a good deal of winter.
When we look inside our heart and soul, we still feel a good deal of winter.
Sometimes we long for a season to get with the program and change already. But like a bitter, frosty winter that has long overstayed its welcome, we don’t get the change we want when we want it.
Lord, you know what our individual circumstances look like, what is forming in and around us.
You see the transitions we’re going through, the parts we see and the parts still hidden.
Lord, sooth our souls and infuse them with your warm, relief-filled light.
We don’t know what’s coming tomorrow. Maybe it’s long-awaited temperatures allowing us to shed our heavy coats or temperatures making us grab for thicker gloves.
Help us remember you know what we’ll encounter every moment of every day, and that you stretch your hand for ours and walk along beside us.
Lord, I look at the frozen landscape and I yearn for warmer places to rest, for the thaw to begin and kindness to reign.
Make each of us one who models that which we hope to receive.
We look left or right and see another handling her own winter season so much better than us, or so it appears. “Why can’t I get my act together like her?” we wonder aloud to ourselves. “I’m just not cut out for this.”
Help us remember that as author Emily Freeman says, we don’t have to feel cut out because we’ve been placed in. We’ve got all we need to handle this because you’ve got us, and you never compare our pain to another’s.
Help us find the wonder in waiting.
Help us know that waiting time isn’t wasted time. Open our eyes so we may get down under things, to use our hands and heart to find what you’ll have us find.
May we sit in your presence, stand on your promises, and move in your sacred love.
Put a song in our hearts that overflows from our lips.
Help us stoop low to drink in the scent of a rose or a lily, even if its only in the grocery store floral department.
Help us remember that if you clothe lilies of the field, you will clothe us with care.
You will attend to us, take pride in us, and give your best for us.
May we see these gentle reminders of your creation as gentle reminders that you speak in small ways more often than grand gestures.
Yes, Lord, we want this winter season to end so we can dive headlong into the glory of a new thing.
But may we not be so caught up in what we’re not getting that we miss what you are already giving.
And may we praise you for what we have today, especially for Jesus–our Savior and companion.
In the name of Jesus,
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Beth Williams says
What a poignant prayer for this season of life! I’m ready for Spring, Easter lilies, flowers & lots of color. I’m enter a new season of life-not good nor bad. It feels strange in a way. You see my father passed away last Wednesday (3.15). Now both my parents are in Heaven-brand new bodies and minds. While I’m glad that their Earthly suffering is over-it will be strange not to go and check on them or call them. No more worries. That will be a big void in my life. I know God has plans for me. Now I will try to put my talents to use for Him!