5:22pm. That’s the time when the sun sets on February 1, 2019. We are finally detecting the small growth in our days. These expanding days point to a Spring that’s not too far ahead.
That being said, we are still finding most days filled with clouds. Sometimes I wish I could cut a temporary hole in the clouds and allow sunshine to fill our earth for a short while each day. Even on cold days, it’s a delight when the sun’s rays streaming from the skies. While we would like it warmer soon, we also need the brightness that comes with the Spring and Summer seasons.
As much as we pray for Spring to arrive soon (and the Groundhog to miss his shadow on February 2), none of us have influence on God when it comes to the weather. Just as Leviticus 26 notes that we will receive rains in their season, we also will receive sun, warmth, and brightness in the seasons when they are supposed to arrive.
In the meantime, we can create a little extra light in our world until the sun’s full return. One way that we can do this is by holding aside one Sunday to celebrate lively and colorful worship. On Sunday, February 10, we will be having a “Brighten Your Winter” worship. This idea comes from a retired pastor who attended my former church, and we would hold one of these services each winter. During these services, we ask you to dress in your brightest clothes. Hopefully adding a little extra sparkle or bold colors to one of our Winter Sundays will give us the radiance we need until Spring returns again.
There’s another way for you to fill our world with a little extra light: spend some time visiting one of our shut ins, volunteer at our community meal, bring in some personal care items for our Tuesday night dinner guests, or take part in one of our other mission activities. By sharing your time, talent, and treasures with our church and community, the light of Christ is able to reach more people, bringing warmth to a world that’s a little too chilly right now.
Thank you, again, for all that you do for St. Paul UCC and the greater Belleville area! Please stay warm and boldly shine the light of Christ in these short Winter days!