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Below is our pastor’s article for the April 2019 newsletter:
Song of Solomon 2:11-12 King James Version (KJV)
11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of
the turtle is heard in our land;
I admit it! I loathe winter. Well, hate is probably closer to the truth but I don’t want to be a
Some of you know how I am a huge college basketball fan. I have said for all of my adult life
that if I could make it to daffodils and the ACC Basketball Tournament, I have made it
through the winter. And yes, my favorite team is Duke. Duke, the team that many love to
hate. Occasionally someone will point out the success of Coach K as a reason to hate
my Blue Devils. and of course, that is one of the reasons I love them.
But, maybe not because of the over 1,000 wins or the championship banners.
Don’t misunderstand me, those fill me with glee. It was a night in the fall of 1980 and the
seasons of 1980-1983.
It was before sold out Cameron Indoor Stadium and graduate students could get remaining
tickets on a first come, first served basis. I, and three other Divinity School students, stayed
up all night to be among the first in line the morning they were handed out. It was not my first
‘all-nighter’ while there!
A young man, about my age, came about 3am with doughnuts and film to the previous year’s
team. Later they introduced him to us as the new coach whose name I still can’t spell, so
Coach K will have to do.
We were an OK team in 1880-1981. Then the lean years came. Well, let’s call them the
“Winter Years”. 17 losses for two successive seasons. It was bleak time in Cameron.
So why tell this story? Because we all have, or will have, those ‘Winter Times”. Maybe you
are in one now. If so, remember the daffodil. It’s trumpet shaped balm announces to all of
creation, ” For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the
turtle is heard in our land;”
Lent is a season that coincides with Spring. Lent, is a time when the days are longer and
night begins to give way to light. All of this leads us to the dawn of a new day, the light of
So, when the ‘winter’ seems long, remember the daffodils and March Madness and Easter
and ” Lo, the winter is past…”
I hope to see Sunday you as we ” March” toward new life.