Earlier in February, on a very cold, wet and windy day, we took our grandchildren to see the snowdrop trail at Darfield church. The church grounds were covered in snowdrops:

Inside, there was a trail about Dropsnow the Dragon and activities for children to do. One of the things that was mentioned was the snowdrop being a messenger of hope, since it is such a beautiful, delicate flower bursting through in winter, when life seems so barren and empty. The snowdrop acts as a reminder of the hope we have in this world of trouble and distress, a hope that exists because of the faithfulness of God to His creation.

Paul, when writing to the Thessalonians, says, ‘since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.’ (1 Thess 5:8) A helmet protects the head, protects our thoughts. Despite the many difficulties we face on a personal and international level at present, we have to hold on to faith, love and hope. Perhaps the snowdrop can be a symbol to us that all is not doom and gloom, but that there is hope in God for every situation.