It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, March 02, 2015

Chapter 3, Page 2, Book 15

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.

 Hal Borland 

March 2 -  Affection is never wasted

Talk not of wasted affection, affection never was wasted;
If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters, returning
Back to their springs, like the rain, shall fill them full of refreshment;
That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It’s hard to believe right now that all this snow is going to melt and return to the ground then flow off into the rivers.  When the snow melts here our rivers flow out into Lake Erie and there will no doubt be some problems as they start to flow as right now our lake is pretty much frozen.  There will be some ice jams and flooding.  Lots of folks live along the rivers and at the lake front.  It’s an especially popular place to be when summer comes.

Ice jams up and can do a lot of damage.  Icy cold hearts do a lot of damage too.  I have had some days when my heart has felt cold as ice.  Nothing much could warm it up until I was touched by the affection of some wonderful family and friends.  Affection is never wasted. And I might add the Word of God can melt the icy cold heart of its hearers like nothing else can.

The point of Lent is renewal.  Renewed focus on God and God’s invitation for each of us to live out lives of love.  Lent means 'springtime', so the emphasis is on growth, on renewal and on new life. 

Wisdom comes with winters
 Oscar Wilde


betty said...

That was a good analogy you did, Ma, with ice jams and an icy heart. We must remember not to let our hearts indeed become icy. Cute picture of the snowmen, but so true, winter will eventually end and the beauty of spring will once again happen!



Love the first quote. It is good for the soul to think an end is in sight, given this ugly weather we've been having. "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn."

jack69 said...

Now that is sweet. Nevergave it a thought, but yes, love can thaw a cold heart.
We are warm today I am looking at 81, Not bragging and the thermometer is in the sun, LOL

Sr. Ann Marie said...

Love that correlation between ice damage and the damage done by an icy heart!