Today is Wednesday, April 10th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4007

As we move away from winter and into spring, this is something that was read at church several week's ago. It was written by Dan Cramer for a Lenten devotional our church put together a number of years ago, featuring writings by church members.

Dan, who was a deep thinker, died unexpectedly several years at the age of 61.

Winter's Cleaning

"Winter is not my favorite time of year. I have often said that winter in Iowa would not be so bad if it were not for the cold, the snow, the ice, the wind and the darkness. I do not blame my parents for building a winter home in Arizona one bit.

"Winter does have one redeeming part for a farmer though. It erases all the mistakes I made on the farm during the year. The place where the planter stopped or ran out of seed. The place where the sprayer did not get turned on in time. The places where the rain washed and drowned out the crop. The place where the hail riddled the field.

"Through the year I can see each flaw. Then the harvest and tillage of fall and winter wipe them all out. Next year, as a wiser and more diligent farmer, I learn from these past experiences. I might make mistakes again, but winter always brings another fresh start.

"God's forgiveness is like the cleansing of winter. God mercifully forgives us through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our fields are covered with snow. Then, like more experience and diligent farming, He gives us grace so we can be strengthened and not have to sin again."