And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 5:5 (NIV)
Baby, it’s cold outside. These aren’t just the words of a popular seasonal song. Today, here in Ohio, baby it really is cold outside. We have at least a week ahead of us of temperatures not rising over 20 degrees. The lakes are so cold the ducks are frozen in. The air is so cold it feels solid. My feet are so cold they are the ice I could use to skate across the parking lot.
Thank God, and I am thanking God, that this cold doesn’t reach my heart. Maybe I’m still in the afterglow of Christmas. I try to let that carry on to at least Easter. The warmth of my family’s love, coworkers humming carols, and a cup or two of hot cocoa are wrapped up in God’s love in my heart to keep it warm the rest of this frigid winter.
Baby, it might be cold outside, but the embers of God’s love burn brightly in the heart.