According to the calendar, we are more than halfway through Spring. I wish the weather would cooperate! So do folks in parts of Newfoundland and Alberta, who had snowfall yesterday, May 6th. Not just light flurries but accumulations that required shoveling.
Here in southern Ontario, we had a few warm sunny spring-like days, but overall, it has been cooler than normal after a cold winter. It’s cheering to see the grass greening, and leaf buds are pushing tentatively out of branches. The forsythia is in bloom and magnolia blossoms are opening up. I have seen tulips and other early spring flowers making their debut…
I love Spring; it has always been a much-anticipated season of delight. A fresh start, a new beginning, the cycle of life resuming. My birthday in May is like a gate opening into a vast meadow full of wildflowers… Enticing possibilities in the coming year. What exciting new things will the Lord do,in me and through me, this season?
Celebrating with close friends and sisters in Christ on Sunday was a joy. I have never been comfortable being in the spotlight, but with these precious women, I feel honoured in exactly the right way. And it’s a privilege to return that honour on their birthdays.
The exciting part is, with each passing year, we are getting to know each other in deeper and richer ways. One friend wrote, ‘you’re a much more colourful person than I realized’. Friendship is the delight of discovery.
When we meet, we pray for family and loved ones, for events in our church and community, for our own needs and challenges. We share our hearts and strengthen those “one-another” habits Jesus encouraged in his followers; his family.
I am springing into a new year and hoping to share exciting adventures with you, dear friends.
What a wonderful way to celebrate this time of year!
Thank you Ariffa. I feel truly blessed and I’m eager to embrace life in all its fullness. Wishing you a lovely Spring too!
What a lovely, refreshing and inspiring post, Vera. Spring was the start of the year, the new year in the ancient world. I feel it even here in even-temperature Southern California. I do not have a congregation like yours, so you are very lucky. I am looking forward to another year of your inspiring and comforting words.
Thank you, Beth. Living in a land with (mostly) 4 seasons, I’ve learned to appreciate something of each one. We are all part of this world we live in; I think it soothes our souls to enter into this divine expression of life. There’s a lot of fluff out there but your writings add to the core of excellence in the blogosphere; I’m blessed to read your words too Beth 🙂