Fun fact about Pastor Stone: I hate winter. The snow, the ice, the cold, the slush. Having to take out the dog at three in the morning in a blizzard. I despise it all. The cold sinks in and turns me into a grumpy old man. The older and colder I get, the grumpier I am.
You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth;
You have made summer and winter.
In terms of the Bible however, we all have to accept that winter comes from the hand of God.As the Psalmist wrote, You have made summer and winter.Even though I really don’t like it, winter is still a part of God’s creation.Even during a season I don’t particularly like and wish was over, I can be comforted that the winter is all in God’s control.
There are seasons of life we have to endure like a cold winter.We don’t like them and we want them to be over.Financial hardship, prolonged illness, or the loss of a loved one – take your pick.We just want to be able to move on to warmer, happier days.
The good news is – summer’s coming.All of the seasons of life are in God’s hands.All things come to pass in the time that God controls.In just the right season and time, God in His Son Jesus Christ endured the winter of sin and death, cross and tomb to save us from death and the devil.Then on the third day the tomb exploded with life like a glorious summer sunrise (Sonrise!).Never again to face the cold sting of winter, the Resurrection of Jesus proclaims the eternal summer of life with God in heaven forever.
The cold and snow will be with us for a time, but don’t worry.Summers coming.
Come to Holy Cross – Jesus is here – for you!
Your Servant in Christ,
Pastor Jeffrey Stone
Proverbs3 Verses 5 to 6.  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us... Hebrews 12:1