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Topic: Winter (11/14/05)
TITLE: Winter Storms
By Andrew Curtis
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There seems to be no escape from the deadly freeze. Light poles are a testament as the wood and aluminum rods are now a coat of ice. The entire city appears to be dead. The forecast calls for more of the same weather. It seems that the tiny village is down for the count. Any more rain, sleet or snow may more than just metaphorically kill the village. It will be hardened and frozen solid. The village could completely die out as it is too far for help to reach in time.
Our hearts are much the same way. They can be covered with anger, jealousy, greed and other sins, making it almost dead. Our hearts harden as we continue to practice the negative actions. We are easier to anger and we begin to not feel as bad for stepping on toes. We forget that we are not here for our own desires. The orange and reds of love disappear, and our passion for Christ begins to. They are replaced with coats of black.
We sometimes do feel as though help is too far away. There is no way it can get to us in time. Our hearts are so iced over that we are doomed to live a life where there can be little or no help at all. Jesus gives us the answer to this. We do not have to live in the ashes of pain if we do not want to. He will give us the help we need and will light our hearts on fire, forcing the ice to melt and allow our hearts to breathe and thrive once again.
God knows our “village” better then we know it. He created it, and He created a way out of the pain of self indulgence. The Son can and will warm the village of our hearts if only we ask; honestly. The storms will come and go over our lifetime. How well we prepare for them is what shows to other “villages”. We need to be close to them so that we can help when they are in need, and we can also seek assistance when our storms are drowning us.
Winter should be a time for reflection, not just for the frosty storms to ice us over and hibernate our walk with God. Although it’s cold outside, our hearts need to stay warm and inviting. After all, God’s heart is always inviting us; to stay.
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