Lovingly Dismissing Groundhogs, Bring it on Punxsutawney Phil!

Lovingly Dismissing Groundhogs, Bring it on Punxsutawney Phil!

I’m not sure about you, but February is a bit of a weird month for me.

Here we are. We have now started the new year, but things don’t quite feel all that different. Yes, the days are growing longer, but it still feels like more darkness than light dominates the day.

On February 2nd, Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil may or may not see his shadow… are we really placing our hope for an end to the winter season on a groundhog?!

As a Christian, I put my faith in God and not a groundhog. But I’ll tell you the real reason I don’t get too excited one way or another for the results of Groundhog Day. By this point in the winter, we have been battle-hardened; we are ready for anything. And by this point after a year like we have lived through, I feel like we can handle just about anything. Bring it on Punxsutawney Phil!

Yes, we have come to embrace the reality of winter, but oh, how we long for brighter, warmer days! Add the yearning for vaccines during this time of pandemic and the anticipation is palpable!

Yes, there may be light at the end of the metaphorical tunnel, but there is still quite a bit of ways to trod. Perhaps the month of February is a time to once again take a breath, take inventory of all that has gotten us to this current place we find ourselves, and refocus on the journey ahead.

Who are your fellow travelers on this segment of this adventure called life? What have we learned from the past few months of trial and tribulation? How have we grown as a community and individuals during such times? What are you looking forward to ahead?

Yes, we have been battle-hardened by this previous year, but let’s also not forget that we are more than our most recent challenges—we are a people of hope. We will once again gather as community. We will once again touch and breathe freely. We will once again find warmer, brighter days ahead. Thanks, Phil, for your help, but we got this! Are you ready to move forward?

~Pastor Jeff Binder

Rev. Jeff Binder is the Pastor at Valley Community Presbyterian Church. Visit us at: www.valleycommunity.org