“Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.” Psalm 74:17

“For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;” Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Last year at this time we were welcoming Spring and looking forward to all the things that the year would bring.  We had plans to visit family and friends, church functions to attend, and just being able to get out and enjoy life.  But how quickly everything changed, and our year turned out entirely different than what we had planned.

My daughter just lives about two hours away from me, and yet we have not been able to get together except for a few brief meetings.  We are thankful for the telephone and for Zoom calls with each other and the rest of our family.  As we were talking the other night, she made the remark that we had taken the precautions suggested and as a result, we had not had the Corona Virus.  That is something for which to be thankful.

Once again, we are welcoming spring, looking forward to warmer days and more chances to get outside and enjoy life.  Tomorrow I am scheduled to get my Vaccination.  With so many in our area receiving theirs, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Next week our church will be able to have service again with a limited number of people.  Hopefully, before many months, we will be able to open at our usual capacity.

Through it all, God has been faithful.  As our scriptures tell us, He has set the seasons in place and each year we see them make their appearance at the scheduled times.  Already many of the birds have returned and we hear their joyful songs as they greet each day.  Soon the buds will open on the trees and the flowers will appear.  We lift our hearts in praise to the Lord for all the beautiful things He provides for us in nature.

Whether we can enter our church buildings and worship together with others, or whether we watch the services from the comfort of our homes, the Lord is still the same.  We can feel His presence and lift our praises to Him wherever we are.  Whether this situation ends this month, or after many months, God is still in control. We can trust Him to keep us through this season because He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us.

It is springtime, so let us rejoice and be glad in the day that the Lord has given us.  Let us sing and worship and encourage one another.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank you for today, and for the promise that you are always with us.  We lift our voices in praise and worship to You today.  Help us to be a blessing to someone along the way.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

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