Crossroads United Methodist Church

Service Info


Reverend Jan Justice

Sunday Service
Fellowship at 9:45 am
Service and Childrens Sunday School
at 10:00 am

Welcome to Crossroads!

Thought for the week:

"Let us go early to the vineyards to see if the vines have budded, if their blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates are in bloom—there I will give you my love."  Song of Songs 7:12 NIV

I was driving home yesterday from a visit with a member of the church at the hospital.  The weather was gloomy and rainy making it feel dark way before sunset.  As I was coming up a hill, I was looking at the trees.  The leaves had been falling and some of the trees stood naked against the grey sky.  It made me begin to think about winter approaching and the coldness that it can bring.  There is a loneliness in winter - a feeling of deadness yet like a well written mystery there is a story written beneath it. 

Trees go through a process similar to hibernation during the winter cold called dormancy, and that is what keeps them alive during the winter.  During dormancy, everything within the tree slows down... The first part of dormancy we are seeing now as the trees lose their leaves. They don't make food in the winter, so they have no use for masses of leaves that would require energy to maintain. Energy has been stored and the tree’s metabolism slows down and impedes cell growth. 

 It is possible to force a tree to evade dormancy if you keep it inside and maintain a stable temperature and light pattern. However, this is usually bad for the tree. Trees have winter dormancy for a reason, and it's best to just let them run their course as nature intended. They still burn energy maintaining life, but little goes on in the way of growth.

This dormancy in trees is to me somewhat similar to our lives. There are times in our lives when we are in full bloom and everything is right with the world.  We relish the day and enjoy the times in our lives that remind us of spring and summer.  Yet, inevitably, just as the seasons change, our lives change and we too go into the fall and winter, times when our lives may seem somewhat darker, gloomy and cold.  Yet, God’s energy and love is feeding us too during our times of dormancy when our lives feel dark and we too feel naked against a gloomy sky.

With trees, the buds that burst open in spring were formed the previous summer. Inside these buds are the miniature beginnings of the coming year’s new shoots. They too were made last summer, but they spend the winter dormant and protected under bud scales until favorable growing conditions return in the spring.  Within each of us is likewise that bud, that shoot that has been planted by God that will lead to future blooming. Without times of sorry and difficulty, without times of dormancy, we wouldn’t grow.  Isn’t this the cycle of life and the story of our faith?  To trust that God is in control and has hidden within us something that has yet to bloom. 
Perhaps as you are looking at the leaves falling this week, take some time to ponder about what God has hidden within you that may be born next Spring.  What is it that you are yearning for from God?  Have a wonderful week.  Pastor Jan


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