The Season of Winter
Winter is a hard season for many. While we don’t literally hibernate, inclement weather and shorter daylight hours make it difficult to connect with others over and above the absolutely necessary. Sometimes going out is simply not an option, it can be a matter of life or death. Fears of getting frostbite, falling on the ice, or having a car accident are not unreasonable. We emerge a little clumsy, a bit self-absorbed because our world centers on home, and fears can linger.
The same is true when it comes to figural seasons of winter, seasons where spiritually, emotionally or physically, it’s difficult to connect and there are real reasons to fear. We emerge from them feeling socially awkward, our thinking focused on self and our fears may be controlling us.
Paul wrote in Romans 1:11-12, “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you–that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”
Paul knew how much he needed them and they needed him! There’s a reason why most successful therapy centers around talking, it’s therapeutic! How much more so is it effective when we reach out in need and see sincere Christian love in response? How much better than worldly counsel is a word of biblical truth aptly spoken?
Sisters and brothers, we need each other. Winters come and thankfully, go. But when we’re in them, it’s a challenging place to be. We need to be praying for each other and reaching out to connect even when it feels impossible. Your faith may be just the encouragement someone else needs today. And you may realize just how much you needed to see someone else’s faith and take courage from it. So, who will you be reaching out to today?
by Jill Cristao, Director of Connections and Communications