It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s a frog…A FROG? No, it’s the sun! Yes indeed, the sun is shining brightly this morning. A sight for sore eyes perhaps? Certainly a sight for sore arms and shoulders, overtaxed from shoveling all of the snow. It appears as is if we won’t have to be doing that for a couple of days. This has been quite a winter so far, and there is still plenty more to come. In the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon reminds us that “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Eccl. 3:1) Winter is the time for snow and cold, and right now that is the case for just about the entire country. This week there is snow on the ground in 49 of the 50 states, Florida being the sole exception. Even Hawaii has snow on the peaks of its volcanoes (which is typical of January). Up to 10 feet of snow will fall just this week in the Sierra Nevada Range in California. A little sunshine is welcomed relief from the onslaught of winter weather. Allowing the Son to shine into our lives brings relief for the cold dark realities of everyday life, be it in winter, spring, summer or fall. Life in this world is full of difficulties. No one gets by without them and they are unique to all of us. The one thing we have in common is a Savior who has overcome the world, for us, and has given His life in order that we might have a life forever in a new and perfect world, with Him. That should warm our hearts and brighten our outlook on life, especially when we’re snowed under with winter.
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009