Posted by: morgan1965 | March 20, 2011

The Spring Season is a Wonderful Time

Sunday, March 20 is the official first day of spring in the year 2011. For a variety of reasons, I am delighted that the first day of spring is in the midst of the Lenten Season.

One reason for my delight is that the spring season for me marks the beginning of something new. It is a sign of God’s fresh beginnings. Nature takes on a new look. What a beautiful panorama is provided by the trees as they begin to bud and dress themselves in new leaves. This process is steady and sure. The flowers begin to break through the soil, even though there are cool days yet ahead. If you blink an eye, or fail to take notice, you might miss the whole scene. It is nothing short of a miracle. The brownish grass begins to green and provide earth with a fresh carpet. Spring ushers in a marvelous display of God’s creation.

Another reason that I delight in the spring season is that it marks the end of winter – snow, ice, cold wind, bleak days. The ever lengthening days of spring are a blessing and a joy for all of God’s children. The sunshine brings joy into our lives, and energizes one’s spirit.

The spring season is a time when it is more comfortable and desirable to spend time outdoors. The birds appear with their morning chorus of chirping. The sounds of nature provide for us a dynamic symphony. The day’s end usually offers a beautiful sunset.

Spring precedes summer (the growing season) and fall (the harvest season). Spring is the beginning, and there can be no growing and harvesting without the beginning that is provided by spring. The Lenten journey leads us to the cross and the empty tomb. The life of Jesus was snuffed out on the cross. But the tomb, found to be empty on Easter Sunday, gives us hope and new life. Our hope has its foundation on Jesus. Our new life is in Christ Jesus. New life begins with Jesus and is fulfilled through Jesus.

In this spring season, I encourage you to embrace life in new and fresh ways. Invite Jesus to be in your life in new and fresh ways. Looking forward to Easter, remember that new life comes to us through Jesus Christ.

The mood of spring is captured in the “Hymn of Promise” written by Natalie Sleeth [The United Methodist Hymnal, #707]:

In the bulb there is a flower;
In the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise:
Butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter
There’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning;
In our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing;
In our life, eternity.
In our death, a resurrection;
At the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see.

For these reason, I am delighted that the first day of spring is couched in the Lenten season.

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