Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.  Psalm 43:5

I have struggled, as so many of us have, over the last year. I am cast down and have trouble praising God for the blessings. I know I am blessed, but at times the struggles seem insurmountable.

My daughter called to me the other day that she needed me right now. She wanted to share the beautiful bluebird sitting on a branch outside her window. Later, she called me back to see the cardinal visiting her. In my family, cardinals represent a visit from my beloved Nana, who loved them. Little signs of God and hope.

The dark winter has been casting me down as it usually does. Last night, I took the dog out around 5:30 for our usual walk. I realized I didn’t need a flashlight. The days are getting longer. Then the full moon rose, and as I looked at it on the last bit of snow, I thought how beautiful the night sky is in winter. This morning, I realized the sun was cresting over the houses earlier than it had been a week ago — signs of God and hope.

God is reminding me of the hope and help offers every day. It is up to me to open my eyes and notice. Glory be to thee, O Lord.

Psalm 137:1-6(7-9), Psalm 144, Psalm 42, Psalm 43; Jeremiah 31:27-34; Romans 11:25-36; John 11:28-44, John 12:37-50