A winter like this has given me a hard time, and I know it hasn't been easy for others either. We are creatures of soul and body, afflicted by sin and afflicted in so many ways by our complex environment and our mysterious physical constitution.
Ice and snow coat our external pathways even as they challenge our physical and mental health. But with all our pains and turns of mind, something endures that rejoices to see the light breaking forth against the shadows.
We never cease to hope for the warmth of the sun, and all these captive crystals opening up and rushing together as streams of water for our thirst.