Grace, Hope, Peace: Lessons From the End of Daylight Savings

Grace– Sunday morning included an extra hour.

Think of all the moments, even hours, you wish you could take back or redo. Grace is not allowing a do-over, but looking directly at a mistake, accepting it, letting it go, and giving thanks. Grace covers a multitude of sins. What do the words ¡Gracias!, Grazie!, and grace have in common?- the same Latin word, gratia. For ancient Romans, gratia had three distinct meanings: (1) a pleasing quality, (2) favor or goodwill, and (3) gratitude or thanks. [dictionary.com]

 

Hope– Winter includes more darkness than other times of the year.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that is linked with seasons, particularly changes in sunlight. The physical darkness of winter can lead to an interior darkness. Though the sun may go down earlier, and the sun rises earlier, the sun still rises. Though nights are long, day still comes.

 

“Nowhere are we more prone to encroaching darkness than when we are stepping into the light.” [Nadia Bolz-Weber]

 

“The darkness of the whole world cannot swallow the glowing of a candle.” [Robert Altinger]

 

Peace– No season is permanent.

If you have lived more than a year, you know that seasons come and go. This present darkness may be long, but it is not forever. Spring will come with its increasingly long sunny days, and blooming flowers. Enjoy the darkness and simplicity of winter, warm drinks, the ability to see further through bare branches. Spring will come. Winter is here. Breathe deeply. Be present.

         

“For everything there is a season,

a time for every activity under heaven.

A time to be born and a time to die.

A time to plant and a time to harvest.

A time to kill and a time to heal.

A time to tear down and a time to build up.

A time to cry and a time to laugh.

A time to grieve and a time to dance…

I have seen the burden God has placed on us all.

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”

[Ecclesiastes 3:1-4,10-11]

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