Women’s History Month
John Wesley died (March 2, 1791)
We lose an hour (March 11)
The beginning of spring (March 20)
Palm Sunday (March 25)
Holy Week begins (March 26)
Holy Thursday (March 29)
Good Friday (March 30)
Hopefully this is a time when flowers and trees begin to bud. It is also a time when new things can happen in each of our lives. In some places, the long, dark, cold days of winter are fading into the past and there is new sunshine, a new light, a revived energy. It happens every year. Spring renewal!!! Or at least it should happen every year.
I remember years when spring held no great attraction for me. In college, we looked forward to Spring Break as probably most every kid does. Yet it was a time when we looked inward for ourselves and what was good for us. As I grew older, I began to look at spring as a time to look more outward than inward. I began to realize that by helping others, I was actually helping myself. And then, ministry happened.
Spring changed me again. Spring became a time of inward reflection on how, in the next year or so, I could get closer to God. And you know what, the answer came. I understood once again, that the more I helped others, the closer I got to God. Each week during worship service during the quiet prayer time, I began and have continued to this day, to reflect on what God wants me to do, or to do more of. That is why, on occasion, I say a verbal prayer following the silent time, because I feel that I have been inspired to say something. I never know what I am going to say before or even during the silent time, if anything. I only know what seems to come to me in that time of silence.
I am thankful for every spring because it reminds me of the steps I went through to get where I am today regarding spring. My hope for you is that spring will also remind you of what you have been through throughout all those years of experiencing spring AND that those memories have brought you closer to God. After all, God became very close to us when Christ was raised from the grave to glory in the spring.
I understand that for some, spring may not bring good memories, except for this fact: whatever you went through then, you are here now. You made it through that time. And that is something to remember!
Happy Spring to each and every one of you.
Peace and Blessings