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May 2022
Is winter over? According to the almanac, winter concluded on March 20th.
However, if you have been living in Maryland, it appears that winter still has us within its tight grip.
Yes, we have been teased with a few warm days here and there, but winter keeps raising its ugly head.
As a matter of fact, as I am writing this article (April 19th), the cold wind is howling and scattered snowflakes are blowing through the frigid sky.
When the coldness of winter strikes, it yanks the very life from the land.
The colorful flowers wither, the strong trees lay barren, and the green grass turns brown.
What once possessed radiant beauty, now looks like desolate wasteland.
The only hope for life to be breathed back into the land is for the warmth of the sunshine to penetrate the cold, dark surface again.

When it comes to the life of a Christian, we too can become stuck in winter mode.
Spiritually, we at times can feel as if we are living in a constant state of darkness.
There’s no joy, there’s no beauty, and there’s no hope.
Yes, we long for sunshine, but it feels as if it will never break through.
When will this spiritual winter end?
If it feels that you are stuck in a spiritual winter land, let me share with you some practical ways to bring a ray of Sunshine in your life.
  • Remember, there is a season for everything. This is true for nature and also true for spiritual seasons. (Ecclesiastes 3:1 – There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:).
  • Remember, darkness cannot extinguish the light. Jesus is the light bear that brings a ray of Sunshine to spiritual darkness. (1 John 1:5 – This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.).
  • Remember, joy comes in the morning. No matter what spiritual darkness you may find yourself in, God will put an end to your darkness and will light your world with joy. (Psalm 30:5b – … weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.).
  • Remember, the radiant light of heaven will warm your spirit. God loves you so much that He will open the windows of heaven to shine His light upon you.
    (Luke 1:78-79a – Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness …).

Never forget, when you are experiencing a spiritual dark winter, there is always a Light and that Light is Jesus.
And remember this about your spiritual darkness; your darkness can never, ever extinguish the Light.
Praise the Lord because winter is coming to an end!