305. Awake, thou wintry earth – Fling off thy sadness! ~Thomas Blackburn

It was one of those March days
when the sun shines hot
and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light,
and winter in the shade.
~Charles Dickens

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The vernal equinox, official start of spring, is still 7 days away, but there are signs of its coming.  And with each new green shoot Creation’s heart beats stronger, God’s ancient utterances grow louder, and the potential for lifting humankind’s spirits increases.  As the sanctuary of earth and sky throws open its doors, doors once “frozen” in wintry bondage, the introit to the full ceremonial form of springtime’s metaphorical “high mass” is beginning.  Presiding over the opening ceremonies are their highnesses, the avian cardinals.  With the arrival of the equinox on the 20th, other “clergy” donning different vestments will appear, and they too will perform their holy sacraments upon earth’s hallowed altars.  Currently only chants can be heard echoing close to the ground or reverberating near branch and cane.  However the rest of spring’s holy voices will soon join in, and their loud arias will climb garden walls and charge over hedgerows.  As ever increasing waves of spring’s sweet sounds cross the land, they will be discernible to some extent even in the mighty cement jungles of commerce.  Despite clouds of spiritual pollution, the light that was in the beginning will break forth anew, and sounds of the eternal will be able to be heard above the cacophonous noises of humanity’s hectic busyness.  Earth’s quiet, eternal rhythms still proffer wholeness, harmony, and healing in the maelstrom of madness within today’s “cultural currents.”

God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; He does great things beyond our understanding.  ~Job 37:5   ✝

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6 thoughts on “305. Awake, thou wintry earth – Fling off thy sadness! ~Thomas Blackburn

  1. Pingback: 305. Awake, thou wintry earth – Fling off thy sadness! ~Thomas Blackburn | Sacred Touches

  2. again, I love the art on top of written material–the contrast of the written word and the visual image, united most handsomely–contrasting yet complimentary –thank you for sharing. And another little gem—I’ve never heard the phrase “spiritual pollution” most fitting…
    hugs and love—Julie

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  3. Spring will soon be here for you and your lovely garden will smile again. 🙂 I love the image you have chosen, too, Natalie. I have a whole Pinterest page devoted to avian art and many pins are of old book etchings and engravings. The two cardinals here are breathtakingly beautiful. ~ Amelia 🙂

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