I don't think I have ever (at least since I've become an adult) liked winter. Today, as I was shoveling 3-6 inches of snow out of my driveway, I began to wonder why I disliked winter so. Perhaps it's because I have to work in this weather chasing taillights. Perhaps it's because it's cold and I don't like being cold. But as I gave this more thought, I came to the realization that I did not like winter because it brings the hard work. If we think about our natural winters, it's usually thought of as a time of trying, a time of testing and maybe a time of struggling. To me, winter in the Spiritual is very much the same. It's a difficult season where even our movements have to be taken carefully and slowly and with consideration. Natural winter has us pushing the heavy snows aside in order to travel on clear ground. Likewise, our Spiritual winters are a time to dig and push aside the things that cover and obstruct our way. Natural winters bring the frigid cold and ice. So too, the Spiritual winters. Yet in order to traverse safely, we must clear the snow and ice out of the way. It's the heavy and difficult work of clearing the way of snow and ice that I dislike the most about winter as well as the cold. Yet while winter (natural and Spiritual) seems to have us battling the elements, if we stay the course and fight the good fight, pushing the snow and breaking the ice, we will find that after a while our fight presents its rewards and the fruits thereof Spring forth!!! Press on!!