Yesterday was the first snow I've seen this winter! (I did hear that it snowed on Halloween but I didn't actually see it.)
The best part of Michigan weather is that we have four distinctly beautiful seasons and the signs of the beginning of each one are always a little exciting-- the first crocuses in the Spring, the first leaves starting to change in the Fall, and the first snowflakes!
The beginning of winter does evoke some mixed feelings though. Last winter, in particular, was unusually brutal. The temperatures were bitter cold. There was a lot of snow. And we had a great deal of ice that came and just stayed on the streets and on the sidewalks. Slippery surfaces for a very long time.
But knowing that winter brings adversity adds a certain drama to its beginning. I must confess, I love a good blizzard. Once everyone is home, I love the winter weather advisories. I love predictions of huge snowfalls. I love seeing it all come down. (Although I don't love driving in it...not even a little bit. I don't need that kind of life and death drama.)
So yesterday was the beginning of it. I heard some people moan. May we all gain what the Lord would have us gain from this winter, be it patience, endurance, courage, stamina, compassion for others. There will be all sorts of opportunities for grace. God is good. All the time.