this year. Woohoooo! I know there are many who are dreaming right now of the shore and backyard fun—with a heat index of about 105—but there’s just something about winter that puts life back into my step and no, I’m not running for a seat next to my fireplace.
I’ve stumbled across the concept of winter in the writings of several
Christian greats and a few others I’m throwing in just for good measure. So I thought I would share them today in honor of winter … in honor of God’s grace which designs to purify us and makes us fruitful through winter seasons of the soul.
From Samuel Rutherford:
I see grace groweth best in winter.
Our pride must have winter weather to rot it.
From Thomas Watson:
The bare knowledge of God's will is inefficacious [ineffective], it doth not better the heart. Knowledge alone is like a winter sun, which hath no heat or influence; it doth not warm the affections, or purify the conscience. Judas was a great luminary, he knew God's will, but he was a traitor.
From John Bunyan:
It is said that in some countries trees will grow, but will bear no fruit because there is no winter there.
From Richard Sibbes:
The winter prepares the earth for the spring, so do afflictions sanctified prepare the soul for glory.
From C. S. Lewis:
“She is a perfectly terrible person," said Lucy. "She calls herself the Queen of Narnia thought she has no right to be queen at all, and all the Fauns and Dryands and Naiads and Dwarfs and Animals—at least all the good ones—simply hate her. And she can turn people into stone and do all kinds of horrible things. And she has made a magic so that it is always winter in Narnia—always winter, but it never gets to Christmas. And she drives about on a sledge, drawn by reindeer, with her wand in her hand and a crown on her head.”
When Aslan bears his teeth winter meets its death. When he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.