A thought from a saint – “The year is worn out: spring, summer, autumn, each in turn have brought their utmost, but they are over and the end is come.  All is past and gone, all has failed…and the austere weather which succeeds, though ungrateful to the body, is in tone with our feelings, and acceptable.  Thus the soul is cast forward upon the future…and does it rejoice that there are new heavens and a new earth to come.  These are feelings of holy men waiting earnestly for the Advent of Christ.”

The holy man John Henry Newman penned these words.  Winter is indeed “ungrateful to the body” yet let us not fear to be cast forward and dare to wait – with holy ones who will walk with us into the Light.

“Almighty God, give us grace, that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility….”  (from the old Episcopal prayer for First Sunday of Advent)