Winter can be depressing. Depending on where you live in the country, you may not get to see the sun for two or three months. It can be bone-chillingly cold and there is little sign of life except for the brave neighbors who shovel their driveways. The days are short and dark, the trees are lifeless, and we don't hear children playing outside or birds chirping. It can be so desolate. Carrying our cross is often a "winter" for our soul. It can be challenging, lonely, and feel never-ending. The hope that we have in Christ is for the springtime that is to come. We carry our cross and accept death to ourselves so that we can experience the Resurrection with him. The budding of flowers and leaves on the trees, the warmth of the sun, and life coming to bloom again. But in order to experience this beautiful springtime, we must first go through the trial of winter.