Winter Is Coming?
Over the past couple of years I’ve been making my way through the Game of Thrones novels. Or to better put it, A Song of Ice and Fire. These novels are not for the faint of heart. They are full of gore, death and more adult themes.
One of the catchphrases that is used throughout the novels is that they are playing “a game of thrones.” There is plenty of political intrigue from the first novel through the fifth on.
Another catchphrase is that “winter is coming.” From the north, beyond the Wall. It’s getting colder in Westeros.
Well, winter finally showed up here in this part of the country this week. We’ve had an ice storm. We expect snow tomorrow. Frigid temperatures near zero are imminent.
Winter represents what the people of Westeros fear more than anything. They want Spring, or better yet, Summer.
symbolically, Winter is the worst of what life has to offer in these books. It is the most pessimistic of times. It’s dark, cold and lonely. There is no hope.
Yet, there is a final novel planned that is tentatively entitled A Dream of Spring. I don’t know what that one will be about, but it’s hopeful, isn’t it?
That is what our lives are like.
We can be going through any number of winters. We may have cycles and cycles of winters. But…..
There is a dream of Spring.
Christ gives us that hope.
No matter how cold it gets. No matter how dark it gets. If you don’t have friends.
Christ gives us warmth. He brings us light. He is our friend.
Let’s dream of Spring.
Do you have the hope of Christ?