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A Prayer of Longing for Spring and Home

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Our Father in Heaven,

On this morning, as we face yet another forecast of bone chilling temperatures, a wintry mix of freezing rain and snow and gusty winds, our hearts long for the freshness and new life of spring. Our hearts are heavy with the prospect of yet another day of grey skies, cold north winds, and trying our best not to slip on the ice as we walk our dogs.

But we know that you are faithful, and that following a long, dark and cold winter, spring will indeed come.

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

New life in our gardens is even now poking out of the cold soil. We look forward to seeing colorful bulbs, blooms on the trees in our yards and the freshly planted corn and soybean fields nearby.

Yes, so much better than spring will be our eternal home with your Son in the new Heaven and New Earth. And we are “almost home”:

Almost home, we’re almost home
So press on toward that blessed shore
Oh, praise the Lord, we’re almost home

Matt Boswell, Matt Papa and Lauren Papa

We long for that day when you will make “all things new”:

And he who was seated on the throne said,
“Behold, I am making all things new.”

Revelation 21:5

And so, we pray:
Come, Lord Jesus!

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence – married to my best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary, St. Louis Cardinals fan, formerly a manager at a Fortune 50 organization, and in leadership at my local church. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop, and to use their strengths to their fullest potential. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinder themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony, and Achiever, and my two StandOut strength roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book of the Bible, and Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 being my favorite verses. Some of my other favorite books are The Holiness of God and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I enjoy music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock. My book Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the Workplace and Tammy’s book Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

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