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Winter’s Coming
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As I watch the autumn colors brighten day by day, I thrill at the colors, even though I’ve seen this annual Act III of nature for so many years. However, I also know the colors will soon fade and the leaves will fall into blankets upon the earth, as Act IV moves in. Yet I never fail to appreciate the few weeks of the year’s brightest colors before the non-chromatic season of white and black. The technicolor scene of autumn is rather like warming me for winter.

Winter held no charm for me, even as a child. Sledding, ice-skating or any winter sport, all are at the bottom of my cold weather interests. I’m a klutz to begin with and I shiver along with the thermometer descent. Yet I delight in watching others do their thing with such sports, as long as I’m looking out a lodge window or watching such efforts as the Winter Olympics on TV. Perhaps I’m really a wimp? However, one of the pleasures of log-on-the-fire months is gathering with friends. They, indeed, are the coals of the fire that take away the chill of life.

I recall reading the word “stay” in the Bible in only one place, that during Christ’s soul agony, in the Garden of Gethsemane, when Christ pleaded with His disciples, “This sorrow is crushing my life out. Stay here and keep vigil with me” (Matthew 26:28). How He needed the “stay’ of friends!

Heartwarming Visit

For me, there’s nothing quite as heartening than to answer the door or a telephone ring or open a letter for an unexpected heartwarming visit. In addition, it’s amazing how delightful technology can be to connect us. Email may not bring the familiar handwriting but the same words can warm the heart. In addition, now there’s Skype as well. We can see those to whom we're heart connected, as we talk from across the world! Recently, a friend introduced me to Skype by connecting me to his mother in Germany. I hadn’t seen her in 40 years. For most of us, there’s really no excuse for neglecting to stoke the fires of friendship, no matter how far away.

Amos Bronson, the father of famed writer Louisa May Alcott, wrote this simple phrase, “Stay is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary. “We may not all be able to “stay” in person but most of us can all stay in touch one way or another. With winter on its way, who is it that you need to “stay with” to warm their heart and yours? With winter coming, their words or voice may be the very best comforter in which you can wrap them or yourself. Stay warm.

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