Good day my friends!
I don’t know about you, but time and space can be a bit of a blur and Holy Week appearing before us this Sunday feels like it kind of came out of nowhere. It doesn’t feel like Christmas was that long ago, but the little pink and purple flowers emerging from the dry grass remind me that Spring is here, and with that comes the restoration and renewal of my all time favourite holiday: Easter! (I was a very spiritual child, and additionally,have always loved Spring the most).
When I sing our son Frasier to sleep, I often sing a well loved hymn “It only takes a Spark”. The second verse is one I distinctly remember singing to myself as I rode my bike around the block in early Spring as early as 9 years old.
“What a wondrous time is Spring when all the trees are budding. The birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming. That’s how it is with God’s love..once you’ve experienced it. You want to sing, it’s fresh like Spring! You want to pass it on”.
The spiritual part of me sees the theology in the changing of the seasons. We say goodbye to shorter days, and welcome the light with Spring Equinox and that life-giving wonder of longer days. The snow melts away, while simultaneously our moral, ethical, spiritual and personality flaws, along with our mistakes, and imperfections fade away with the snow…as we journey toward the cross, to new life in Spring, and in Christ!
The gift of grace, the depth of love indescribable, and the ultimate sacrifice that humbles us, saddens us and makes us whole, and brand new!
As we are close to Palm Sunday I’d like to offer you these words of prayer, discovered through ProgressiveChristianity.org. May this prayer touch your spirit and ground your soul:
O Spirit of true humility, may we neither be corrupted by praise
nor destroyed by criticism, but rather have that true reverence for ourselves which enables us to be channels of your peace.
Jesus Christ who came in peace, help us to accept what lies behind your peace that we may work to bring Good News to the poor, liberty to the captives, recovery of sight to those with blinded vision and so hasten the process of liberation for all people.
My ministry before The Glen took me to all kinds of wonderful places, including Newmarket Ontario at Trinity United. Our Administrator’s daughter, Danita, was a liturgical dancer, and often we’d team up to offer our gifts of music and dance in worship. In the video below, you’ll be able to see our song and dance offering of the piece “Hungry” by Brian Doerkson. (Video shared with Danita’s permission). Here are the song lyrics:
Hungry I come to you for I know you satisfy
I am empty but I know your love does not run dry
So I wait for you
I’m falling on my knees
Offering all of me
Jesus you’re all this heart is living for
Broken I run to you for your arms are open wide
I am weary but I know your touch restores my life
So I wait for you
Be well dear ones and I hope to see you sometime soon, online!
Be sure to bring your version of the elements for Communion this Sunday. Whether it’s bread and wine or grape juice, crackers and tea or jelly beans and hot chocolate…all are acceptable in God’s eyes (and mine!).
With gratitude for all that you have been, all that you are, and all that you’re becoming!
Photo of crocuses by Donna Jarvie