Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: Tenebrous \TEN-uh-brus\ adjective
*1 : shut off from the light : dark, murky
2 : hard to understand : obscure
3 : causing gloom
Example Sentence: "A zigzag line of windows … cuts up from the base of the building, bringing light into its once-tenebrous interior." (Philip Kennicott, The Washington Post, September 28, 2008)
Seasons of life spiral through spurts, pauses, and occasional regressions. Winter, spring, summer, and fall parallel our life experiences. The dying off of fall and fallow sleep of winter are difficult for me. I love the spring when the ground warms up, the sun comes out for long periods, and life blossoms.
In winter's holding pattern, we may appear cold, hostile, or unfeeling while we preserve our core. We are thankful for spring’s reprieve which brings lush new growth – when darkness begins to fade and light comes streaming in. We gain new understandings, are nourished by friends and circumstances, and thrive. Summer storms either harden off the sprouts to make them permanent and strong or reveal our brittleness by breaking off what we’d gained. And fall brings the harvest and reward for all the labors of the year before a season of rest.
I’m looking forward to this summer with its routines of tilling and weeding. I can’t wait to enjoy the blooms and emerging fruit.
*I will sing of the LORD's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself. Psalm 89:1-2 NIV
*The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends. If the righteous are rewarded here on earth, what will happen to wicked sinners?" Proverbs 11:30–31 NLT
*And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:9-10 NLT