Words and Video: “Thank God for the Promise of Spring”

This past Saturday, the skies were clear and sunny; the temperature was 80.
I mowed grass for the first time, in memory, in the middle of May (it was the 14th).
What does this mean?
We woke up Monday morning to Snow on the ground.
Welcome to Spring in the North Country!

While we did have a very mild Winter (for us), we always seem to forget “where we are,” and that, “It’s not June yet!” It never fails: We get caught up in a day or two that resembles Spring “everywhere else,” and we start re-arranging our closets … This year, we’ve burned only 6 tons of pellets, and as I write this on May 17th, I just brought up the last bag of pellets, and tonight is the last night in the forecast (10-day) where we’ll be in the thirties.

Thank God for the Promise of Spring.

Mama used to always say that the part she loved most about the changing of seasons is that it shows that God’s Word is true, and that He is still in control (Genesis 8:22). These “flashes” of warm weather really make a great point: It only takes 1 day of abundant sunshine and warm temperatures to “wash away” months of dreary days and bitter cold. I also believe that God sends these days along to remind us to just hang in there … this, too, shall pass. Better days are ahead. A gift to remind us how He’s got us through this far … A victory, of sorts. And … we all need a victory now and then.

Thank God for the Promise of Spring.
True, ours comes later than in a lot of places, but, doesn’t that mean that we are grateful for it more? Let us not forget there a lot of places where Spring comes even later than here … and, it lasts a lot less …

Recently, I shared one of the songs from Cynthia Clawson, which meant so much to me, when I was going through a tragic period of my life. That song, from her “River of Memories” CD (it was actually on cassette), was “It Won’t Rain Always,” featuring words like, “God’s promises are true.”
Here’s a link to that post:
It Won’t Rain Always

Another song from that cassette which I clung to, word after word, line after line, promise after promise, was this one: “Thank God for the Promise of Spring.”
This was the darkest, bleakest time I had ever gone through, and God sent these words to help “see me through.”

Thank God for the Promise of Spring

The sky seems gray above me
And I can’t see the light of day
There’s a ray breaking through the shadows
And the smile can’t be far away

Thank God for the promise of springtime
Once again my heart will sing
There’s a brand new day a-dawning
Thank God for the promise of spring

Though the earth looks bleak and barren
And the seeds lay brown and dead
But the promise of life grows within them
And I know spring is just ahead

Thank God for the promise of springtime
Once again my heart will sing
There’s a brand new day a-dawning
Thank God for the promise of spring
Thank God for the promise of spring

As I wrote earlier, “In the midst of great agony and heartbreak, in the darkest of days, in the middle of life’s greatest storms, God can lead us to a song which will remind us that “Once again my heart will sing … There’s a brand new day a-dawning … Thank God for the promise of spring …”

This is from one of the Bill and Gloria Gaither television programs, as Cynthia Clawson, surrounded by “Homecoming” cast, sings “Thank God for the Promise of Spring.”



Here’s the link for the Cynthia Clawson Website:
http://www.cynthiaclawson.com/

Click here for the Gaither Website:
http://gaither.com/artists/bill-gaither

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One response to “Words and Video: “Thank God for the Promise of Spring”

  1. Pingback: “Thank God for the Promise of Spring” | Pastor Appreciation Gifts Blog

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