As we go into the month of March and look toward Easter, we also look forward to spring. The two of them are intertwined, Easter and Spring. The resurrection of our Lord and Savior brought joy and hope to the people of Israel and eventually to others as the good news spread. And so too, Spring with its promise of new birth, the return of flowers, leaves, birds singing in the trees, and the rejuvenation of our spirits, bring hope and joy to all of mankind.
It should be hard for us to observe the massive flocks of geese that are or soon will be crowding the sky flying back to their nesting grounds in Canada, the first flowers that will soon be blooming, the new wheat and all the other wonderful miracles of nature that happen as the weather starts warming and the days get longer, without thinking of the Creator of the universe.
We are promised a newness of life when we accept Jesus, just as nature experiences that same newness of life every spring. It is through the blood of our Savior that we experience that newness. Our hope is founded in our faith and love of Jesus Christ. Spring brings about feelings of love and contentment. The good news of Jesus is also one of love and contentment; the love for our neighbor and the contentment in knowing that we are never alone.
My prayer is that we take some time to stop and contemplate what the teachings of Jesus have to tell us about our love for God and each other and that we discover that newness not only that which comes with the spring but also that which come through our relationship with Jesus.
As we look forward to April and Easter with joy and hope, we can be confident in the fact that Jesus through the Holy Spirit is with us as we follow Jesus on our own journey to the cross. May we look forward to the journey with introspection, and discover the peace that surpasses all understanding. I look forward to being with you on this journey. And all God’s people said…Amen!