Thought for the Week

This weekend we may get snow, indeed it may be snowing as you read this and, if it is, there’ll be some excited children. And, perhaps, some not so excited adults. It seems the older we get, the less we enjoy snow – instead we worry about heating costs, travel, impact on older relatives – in fact, unless we’re skiing, or taking photographs, we probably don’t like snow at all.
This weekend we will listen in the Gospel as Jesus and the disciples enjoy themselves at a wedding – in fact it was Jesus’ first miracle which ensured that the wedding was particularly successful. When we celebrated Jesus birth this Christmas, we were filled with the joy that this wonderful man brought into our lives. Jesus lived as a humble person; it would have been easier for Him to live in a palace, surrounded with riches, free from the worries of everyday life but instead He came and lived as an ordinary person and, in doing so, He showed us that God’s path brings happiness to all who believe. It’s easy at this time of year to get caught up in the misery of long winter nights, wet weather, grey skies so, this weekend, let us take a minute to open our eyes to all the joys of this season – including snow. Take a moment to see how the sunset is just a little bit later each day. Pause for a second and hear the voices of the birds – singing despite the harsh weather and, if it does snow, go out and enjoy! Walk in the drifts and listen to the crunch of every footfall, smile at the beautiful views and be grateful for the warmth when you return. And remember, whatever is outdoors, this is the day that the Lord has made.

Psalm 118:17 (ESV) This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.