Spring Is Coming

November 30, 2016 | by: Sharon Bruce | 1 Comments

Posted in: Culture, Science and the Christian Walk


I’m tired. You? How are you doing?

I think a lot of us here in Florida are weary. Neighbors have had their lives blown apart by terrorism, or hurricane winds or a diagnosis. Debris lines roadsides. Great piles of broken trees burn at makeshift dump sites. Paperwork with “Matthew” scrawled across it glares at me from my desk. An election has torn us to pieces. Small griefs eddy at the edge of the larger ones. A little orange cat didn’t make it back from the evacuation. I feel like I’m in the middle of a brutal winter that started somewhere back in May.

Do you feel that?

Let me whisper something to you: spring is coming, not after but in this winter.

Look, I have proof:

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Hanging from the door of my back porch is the gold-flecked green cocoon of a monarch butterfly, a little emerald ornament declaring that a birth is coming.

Christmas is coming.

This year, I plan to hang my Christmas lights early, before Thanksgiving if I can help it. I need the light. I need the reminder that Christ is Immanuel: God with us, not just then but now. I need the reminder that he is the Prince of Peace.



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Sharon Bruce, a current CG leader at Restoration, traded her childhood desert mountains for beaches and green. Her lush backyard garden plants display a marked respect for her Bachelor of Science in Horticulture. Sharon’s love for God and compassion for His creation shout loudest in her artwork, in her caring friendship, and in her willingness to gently re-home a slimy frog from a friend’s front porch Bromeliad to the river three miles away.



Sharon altes

Dec 2, 2016

I'm so thankful for friends that help me keep the Real world in view. Thank you


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