The spirituality of winter

ice sparkle

What does winter mean to you?  Is the prospect of snow a hope or a worry?  Do you think of crisp, frosty days and hoar frost, or trudging through rain and mud?  Do you look forward to cosy evenings or feel trapped indoors?  Winter has a particular feel and, if we seek it, a particular spirituality.  If you want to explore winter, try some of these things –

  • Go for a walk on a frosty morning, notice the length of the shadows cast by the sun low in the sky, find a leaf enhanced by the crystals of frost on its edges.  Appreciate this pared back beauty and give thanks.
  • Practice hospitality.  Vanquish the dark and chill of winter by gathering people together.  Invite friends and neighbours to share a meal.  Or find out what you can do to support ‘hospitality’ providers – shelters, foodbanks etc
  • Let snow and frost, or puddles bring out your “inner child”.  Splash in a puddle or stamp on the ice covering it.  Have a friendly snowball fight.
  • Grow bulbs indoors, or look out for snowdrops, as a reminder that spring is on the way.  Think about hope.  Share it with someone who needs it.
  • Stand in the rain (under an umbrella or not) and listen to, or feel, the rain.  For some this is a reminder of God’s sustaining love – the refreshment that we need to live.
  • Embrace winter as a time of inner reflection, introspection, burrowing, and slower movement.  Start a journal.  Read more.  Enjoy candlelight.
  • Be patient.  Take note of the slowly lengthening days, even if light levels seem to take one step forward and two steps back.  Learn patient waiting for the inevitable gradual change.

About Alison Myers

I am Team Rector for the Lordsbridge Team of Churches, a cluster of 11 villages west of Cambridge. Within the Team, I am Vicar of Hardwick and Dry Drayton, and Lead Minister for Pioneering Projects.
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