Late autumn and early winter portray old age and death. As with the unstoppable process of dead leaves falling from trees, so in human life family members and friends inevitably pass away. Aging can be a difficult time of loss, sorrow, health problems, and the awareness of one’s own approaching death. However, both nature and God’s Word give hope that this is not the end. Spring always follows winter – there is always a more encouraging time to look forward to.
In nature, some animals survive the winter in hibernation. This can be paralleled with the biblical metaphor of sleep used to refer to human death. The Scriptures then point to a time of resurrection and new life. As the spring with its warm sun starts a new cycle of life, so Jesus Christ, the “Sun of righteousness”, will return to bring new life to those who have died.
 Matthew 9:23-25; John 11:11-15; Acts 7:60; 13:36; 1 Corinthians 11:30; 15:20
 Malachi 4:2; Daniel 12:2-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-54; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
From: Divine Reflections in Times and Seasons by Eva Peck