Winter has a beauty all its own.
Look past the plummeting temperatures
and the landscape stripped
of nature’s green bounty.
Open your eyes and also your heart
to loveliness left us in wintertime.
From the warmth of your nest
from your personal snow globe
gaze on winter in slow motion,
snowflakes falling in graceful rhythm.
Drink of next morning’s sunshine
resting on blanketed brilliance
gleaming in surprise patches of glory
giving rise to spontaneous praise.
Another week, another storm
drops ice instead of snow,
this time we hear it falling,
we hold our breath and hope.
We pray its havoc to escape
but can’t help to stand in awe
of the wonderland of frozen beauty
it sculpts with perfect precision.
Winter’s trees speak silent testimony,
naked branches reaching Godward
stretching, straining with all their might
to touch him, praise him, offer him all.
If this is not beauty, what is?
As if not enough an added glory
Blesses through branches bared,
bonus chances to observe the birds
more visible with leafy dress gone.
When winter hits our vulnerable hearts
its beauty at first feels hidden,
but soon its tender marks peek through
as God ministers with his mercies
drawing especially near us
whispering his love, showing he cares.
Yes, winter has a beauty all its own.
“Even in darkness light dawns for the upright . . .” Psalm 112:4a
*What beauty of winter do you especially love?
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