The Union Recorder


February 6, 2013

COLUMN: Spring is on the way



Others of us have times when burdens seem to block out the sun in our lives. Financial hardship can sure take away the sunshine, and we plod drearily through times that are hard and lean, hoping for relief somehow.

There are all kinds of winter seasons for us. When our health fails, when relationships go badly, when dreams come crashing down — all these things can put us into a time of winter. But there is always good news; spring is coming.

That is the thing I know about our life, that spring is coming. Just like taking a trip somewhere in the dead of winter to find a place of warmth and sunshine, God provides those little “breaks” for us in the form of someone encouraging us one way or another. Sometimes someone just comes to us to let us know help is on the way or someone points the way to a new direction. God sends angels unannounced to help us.

So when life gets cold and dreary, do not lose hope; God is bringing a new spring, and flowers will blossom and the breezes will blow warm on our face.

Dr. Jay Hodges can be reached at


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