for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone.  The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come (Song of Solomon 2:11-12a).

I received the LWML booklet “Devotions for All Seasons from my friend Arlene Naasz. My favorite reading in it is Starting Over. It’s about the coming of spring, where the writer speaks of winter and spring in a seasonal as well as a spiritual sense. Spiritually, the devotion is appropriate for a time when one’s spirit is low and praying has become difficult. It is then that we need a Christian friend who will pray with us and for us.

As we emerge from this extended winter of COVID and quarantines let us be willing to “spring up” to let God use us to comfort another Christian sister experiencing a winter of her own. (The booklet can be ordered through the LWML store here.)

so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God (2 Corinthians 1:4b NIV).

Vivian Nelson
LWML Ohio District

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