As the old saying goes "I've got bad news and I've got good news -- which do you want to hear first?" Me, I always want to hear the bad news first and get it over with. So here is the bad news.
Today is the first day of WINTER. Winter means cold weather, and most people dislike cold weather. I mean, seriously, how many people do you know who go NORTH for the winter? Uh, nobody!
Winter means cold temperatures. Winter means snow. Winter means cold and flu season. The first day of winter means that it's gonna be a loooong time until you will be mowing your lawn and wearing short sleeves. January and February and March can be long months here in Missouri. Long and cold. That's some bad news, huh??
Now if you recall, I said I had some good news too. So here it is! Along with being the first day of Winter, today is the shortest day of the year. Shortest as in the day with the least sunlight and the most darkness of all the days of the year. Now you may be saying to yourself "I thought she said she had some good news?" But, that IS good news!!! Think about it. After today, the days will start to get LOOOONGER. Every day the sun will come up a little bit earlier in the East, and the sun will set a little bit later in the West. After today, every day brings us one day closer to warm sunny skies.
So today give thanks to the Lord that He gave us seasons. Only He would have thought to make the days longer and shorter, a few minutes at a time. And to make seasons that change. Our God is an awesome God!!!!!
Psalm 19:1 "The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork."