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“The temperature is up to zero today,” Mark reported as he got ready for work. “Yesterday it was minus one.”

How’s that for a positive attitude in the midst of one of the longest, coldest, and wettest winters we’ve had in Iowa for several years? I mean, it is true that zero is warmer than -1, right? So, that’s an improvement. A degree in the right direction. A degree of hope that spring will, indeed, come. One degree at a time. And the truth is, God knows best as far as what is the right temperature and how much precipitation is the right amount for this earth. Sure, I prefer 60 degrees over zero. And, yes, a thunderstorm would be a welcome change from blizzards. But who am I to decide what is best? I should just be rejoicing in the promise that spring is on its way!

These thoughts about the coming of spring got me to thinking about the coming of Jesus. The waiting period here can seem very long, very cold, and very dark sometimes. Some days can even be summed up as seeming like a great big zero. But if we look at that zero as an improvement over the subzero day we had before that, we can begin to catch a glimmer of hope. Hope for the long-awaited day that will bring through the dark clouds the bright and shining Son of God, accompanied by countless angels, open graves and people being lifted into the air to meet him and to finally be warm and safe and dry in a home of eternal springtime!

What is your day like today? If it’s a great day, then rejoice and be glad in it! If it’s a little frost-bitten by the challenges of this life, just remember that this day is bringing us one day closer to the final day, and that without this day, the final day can never arrive. As we wait, let’s remember the beautiful words of the hymn Day by Day.

Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear...

...Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
Ever to take, as from a Father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the Promised Land.
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