The end of a long winter

I keep as many plants as possible safe through the winter.  I keep most of them in my office.  If plants are good for a room, it would be hard to imagine a healthier room through the winter than my church office.  I had four palms (the tallest over four feet), a five foot wide pineapple plant, a lemon tree, bamboo, and at least 40 spider plants.  One of the palms did not fare well.  As a matter of fact, most people would probably toss it.  None of the plants will be any happier to see the end of this long winter than this palm.  I could certainly afford to buy a new one, but I believe that there is still something there worth saving.  I believe the plant will come back to life.

I am reminded of the story of the dry bones from Ezekiel 37:

He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, `Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.

And the bones did come back to life.  And this plant will come back to life.  And you who have gone through a rough winter, or have gone through a valley, or are perhaps still in one, hang in there.  I know that God believes that you are worth saving.  I offer you hope…

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” ~ Romans 15:13

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