When we glance out and all that is around us looks bare and empty, when the wind has caused our branches to break and fall, when the sun can not be met within the scope of what our eyes can see, and the air seems cold and silent, help us look closer. Closer to where we see the green of life deep beneath the bark, closer to see the breaks within the surface where new buds are forming, closer to hear the peace within the silence where your sovereign hand guides us, closer to the heart of You. Thank you Lord, that even in the silence, You never let us leave your grasp. I pray we always feel the comfort of Your arms, the warmth of Your embrace and the safety of Your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.