THROUGH WINTER COLD (words by Shirley Erena Murray)
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Through winter cold and drifted snow,
through bitter wind and biting frost
the silent seeds of spring will grow
and buried dreams will not be lost.
Within God’s world, as seasons turn,
we sleep and grow, with changing need
to shed old concepts and to learn
the faith that sprouts like mustard seed.
It is compassion warms the day
and hugs the lonely or the cold,
speaks out for justice, come what may
when people’s lives are bought and sold.
And as in winter, as in grief
the frozen heart of things is numb,
compassion melts our unbelief
and all is changed, for spring has come.
Words Copyright © 2008 by Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream IL 60188
Author / Composer Comments
• Author Shirley Erena Murray, from her book Touch the Earth Lightly (Hope Publishing Co., 2008, page 158): “A hymn about the warmth and comfort of being befriended, of speaking up for the poor and of giving hope when hope seems buried. Though we do not experience harsh winters where I live, there is always poverty and loneliness in every community. This hymn is also about the wintering of faith and our need to shed old skins for change to come about.”Back to top