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Reflect on the season of life you’re in

Viewpoint with Rev. Tim Stevens

Spring is Coming.

As I sit here writing this column, I look out and see the snow falling down. A remnant of our latest

mid-March winter storm. While it’s never fun to see snowstorms when we should be seeing green

grass, there’s a comfort in knowing that spring is right around the corner.

But what if spring didn’t come? What if winter continued on, and on and on. A cold, dreary mess.

Slush and sand always covering the sidewalks, never being able to get quite warm enough.

Thankfully that is just imagination. In a few short (hopefully) weeks we will be smelling the

freshness of spring, switching the tires on the car and trading our parkas for windbreakers.

In our lives we go through seasons as well. Spiritually, emotionally, mentally, there are seasons we

go through. For many the winter seasons of our souls can seem to last an eternity. Perhaps it came

about from a trauma in our past, or some fear that we hold onto. For many, the winter season of the

soul has continued, on and on and on. You wonder if spiring will ever come. Is there any way out of

this pain, this struggle, this pit of despair. You have forgotten the smell of spring, peace and joy and

hope are strangers to your spirit.

There is a story in the Bible about a man named Lazarus who died. When Jesus came to the funeral

there was tremendous grief, Lazarus’ sisters questioned why Jesus wasn’t there, if he was he could

have saved Lazarus. Jesus was deeply moved and with a word he called into the tomb for Lazarus to

come out and out he came. Raised to life. This is what Jesus does, He has come to bring spring to

your winter.

You may feel like you are too far gone to ever come back into a spring of life. The fact is that

Lazarus had been dead 4 days when Jesus arrived. When Jesus told them to open the tomb Lazarus’

sister tried to dissuade him because of the odour that would have built up from his decaying body.

Fortunately, there is no winter too deep, no ice too frozen that Jesus cannot breakthrough.

As we prepare to celebrate Easter in a few weeks, I encourage you to reflect on the season of life you

are in. Perhaps you have learned to cope with winter and have put away the thought of spring. Jesus

came that we might have a life that is full of hope, joy, and peace. Easter is the promise of guarantee

of that to all. No matter how long we have been in a tomb, He can raise us to life.

I dare you to check out one of our local churches at Easter, and allow spring to blossom in your

heart.

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