A blessing for…

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Today is the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere. And I’ve begun to love the marking the seasons. It’s still a relatively new practice for me, but I’m starting to realize that there is much wisdom and many blessings to be garnered in being aware of and embracing their annual cycles and that there is much to learn from paying attention to their comings and goings and stayings for that matter. By allowing these calendar days to remind us to stop and notice that time is moving, we find an amazing rhythm and life force within them which keeps the world moving and keeps us alive. Learning to live within and celebrate the natural cycles of the years also reminds us that since God is the Creator, it is His life force which keeps us spinning on our little planet. And it was He who in the beginning set in motion that which prompts the animals to awaken from their winter hibernation, that which prods seeds to germinate, that which encourages tiny green leaves to push up through the dark earth towards the light, that which guides wild geese on their annual trek back to summer homes, and on and on goes His grand design. And the more I learn to live within and celebrate these seasonal shifts, the more wonder I have for the way they hold the particulars of Creation together and in place at the right time as well as the incredible force and energy contained in them and the stunning beauty of what each of them brings. Perhaps that’s why I hear the equinox asking of me today, what is awakening in you? What is ready to blossom? And what are you being called to give your energy to in this coming season of light?

**Image found on Pinterest along with in part the text beneath it. I have adapted and edited it considerably but it was Fiona who gave life to its thoughts and truths.



I wanted to…

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I wanted to write tonight about springtime. I wished to celebrate the beauty of daffodils and such. I yearned to speak of songbirds and the earth’s dependable faithfulness. But once again, I’m shaken to my very core and sobbing about the reality that there are those who place NO value whatsoever on another human being’s life and/or well being. Not only that but there are those who would pose a serious, if not fatal, emotional threat to a child who has already had to endure a heinous crime, especially from someone who him or herself has had to undergo such a sickening and evil reality. Seriously when does it all stop? How many times does someone have to die or to bleed or to be broken before the hatred and hurting in the world comes to an end? There’s not a human being alive that doesn’t know pain, both physical and emotional, and so why would anyone choose to inflict either on another individual, especially an innocent child who, through NO fault of his/her own, has been robbed of his/her childhood and joy and faith? How do such people sleep at night? I’m not naive; I understand that life can be unbelievably shitty and unfair, but if that has been one’s experience in life, why would he/she want to perpetuate those realities by doing the same to others? My faith is strong, and I know that such things break God’s heart too so I will eventually recover. But the blow of something I was informed about today that is so incredibly selfish and tragic and damaging has thrown off my inner balance and I’m struggling to upright myself and remember that not all are like that and that some can and do make a difference by being kind and loving, compassionate and forgiving even when it takes every ounce of wherewithal they possess to do so.

**Photo taken in her yard by Natalie