Lessons of the Frost

The following is a winter rumination from a beautiful book of writings called Praying Our Goodbyes, by Joyce Rupp. Frost can be a spiritual teacher for us if we just open our hearts and our minds to it.

There are plenty of other winter wonders that can spur our imagination and send us on our way rejoicing. Look around you on a cold day to find your very own wintery spiritual teacher.

One winter morning I awoke to see magnificent lines of frost stretching across my window panes. They seemed to rise with the sunshine and the bitter cold outside. They looked like little miracles that had been formed in the dark of night. I watched them in sheer amazement and marveled that such beautiful forms could be born during such a winter-cold night. Yet, as I pondered them I thought of how life is so like that. We live our long, worn days in the shadows, in what often feels like barren, cold winter, so unaware of the miracles that are being created in our spirits. It takes the sudden daylight, some unexpected surprise of life, to cause our gaze to look upon a simple, stunning growth that has happened quietly inside us. Like frost designs on a winter window, they bring us beyond life’s fragmentation and remind us that we are not nearly as lost as we thought we were, that all the time we thought we were dead inside, beautiful things were being born in us.
— Joyce Rupp