I think one of the things I love and appreciate about the book of Jeremiah is the hope that is shared in the midst of the doom and gloom. Yes, Israel broke its covenant with God, and yes, there will be consequences that come as a result of the broken covenant. Yes, God was planning to use the Babylonians as a punishment to recapture the hearts of the Israelites. And even in the midst of all of that, God communicated that there was still a bright future. All wasn't lost. The period of suffering and of "winter" was only preparing them for the springtime that was to come. God wasn't abandoning His people but, in His grace, doing everything He could to preserve them so that all wouldn't be lost. The same is true with us. Sometimes, in God's grace, He uses periods of suffering because He wants to preserve our faith in Him. And even in those moments, God hasn't forgotten us; His grace is still very real. If you're going through a time of winter, don't give up because springtime is on its way.