This winter was a tough one. (It was even recorded as one of Germany's darkest on record.) For myself personally, it hasn't be as terrible as it could have been. And as I sat here thinking today I realized that the reason for that was mostly because of the whirlwind of a romance I was lucky to experience from January through March. Because when things were good, they were wonderful. And so I find myself feeling especially thankful today for that season of my life, even though it ended abruptly and with so much hurt. Without those winter adventures and snow-filled kisses, I sincerely have no idea if I would have made it through the long, dark months alone. (I would have probably been long back in the states by this point...)
Even though the pain is excruciating at times; even though it ended; and even though I am still struggling; It was all part of the The Plan. And for the joy and the pain, I am in someways thankful. Grateful for that oh-so-complicated season.
Am I excited about this new season? Oh yes, very much so.
Am I terrified about this new season? Abso-freakin-lutely.
But here we go.
P.S. I hope you had a beautiful Easter.
I think this quote captures this Easter, for me at least, especially well.
“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”
― Pope John Paul II