For a lot of people Winter is a depressing season. However, I kind of like this time of the year. It reminds me to slow down and to take stock of things in my life. The later sunrises and earlier sunsets also nudge us inside, where things are warmer and more quiet. Richard Foster had this reflection on the blessing of Winter for him:
"Winter preserves and strengthens a tree. Rather than expending its strength on the exterior surface, its sap is forced deeper and deeper into its interior depth. In winter a tougher, more resilient life is firmly established. Winter is necessary for the tree to survive and flourish."
Winter has a purpose in our spiritual lives too. Perhaps we must celebrate that our "spiritual winter's" help us to become more resilient in the future.