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Topic: Spring (the season) (07/23/09)
TITLE: Hope's Evidence
By Elizabeth Mroczek
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Bare trees and bushes stand bravely battling the elements, bending with the weight of snow or swaying with the cold blasts of air coming against them. Barren. No leaves except for an occasional speck of brown that refused to fall in the previous Autumn. Days are shorter as if even the sun can't bear to see its surroundings.
Life is not evident to the human eye. All appearances say death or at best, dying. Outwardly, it seems the condition is irreversible. The memories of previous colorful, fruitful seasons are distant and not as easily remembered in the face of such starkness that is now being experienced.
A winter experience in our personal life has all the appearance of this same season. A bad report from the doctor. A lost job. A declaration of divorce. A rebellious or runaway child. Financial woes. All are stressful and desperate situations that appear to have no life in them.
Slowly, a change begins. Still experiencing the remnants of winter, the sun stays longer and the air becomes warmer. New life in the form of buds and shoots start appearing in places that previously appeared dead. Crocus start pushing through the snow displaying vibrant colors that declare new life beginning again. Evidence of hope, new and alive, pushes forth, refusing to be ignored. Spring-time always follows winter. And winter must leave when spring has come.
So, if we are experiencing winter in our soul, remember, it is only a season with a beginning and an end. With the Savior's guidance and provision, wait for spring. Expect the hope lying dormant in your situation to continue to live and one day under the warmth of the Son, your spring will arrive!
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