As I write this thought for the week, I am just after returning from a beautiful walk where finally the season of spring has shown itself in full bloom and it gave me a sweet taste of the warm spring days before us. Hopefully it will give us a new ‘spring’ in our step and make us in some ways feel younger and more alive! A thought came to me during my walk, that after weeks, even months, of rain, strong winds and dark skies – where the land was drenched with large scale floods and where the darkness of winter covered the land – for many of us, our spirits resembled the bad Irish weather and led us to cry out to God, “When will this darkness end?” And then finally as I noticed on my walk as sure as the dawn follows the night, the new life of spring shows up in many awakening ways. I just love the season of spring. It brings days of new warmth and gives obvious signs of awakening and renewal wherever we look. It amazes me how the evenings start to lengthen and how the warmth comes back into the air. But nothing is as beautiful as all the trees, flowers, shrubs and bushes that are in bloom or start budding lots of green shoots. It is truly a beautiful, magical and wonderful time of our year. Spring for me is also a time of new light, new life, new birth, new spirit, new beginnings and new hope. It’s resurrection time in our lives so to speak. It makes me think about the many blessings that spring showers upon us such as the freshness in the air, wonderful breezes, singing of the birds, lots of growth, baby animals of all kinds emerging, fresh water flowing, trees, plants and flowers budding and starting to blossom, and of course the oncoming of Easter.
Spring cleaning wardrobes
Spring is the time of year when many people take on “spring cleaning” projects inside and outside their homes and offices. But what about inside your heart and inside your soul? Since we put so much time and effort into cleaning our homes, offices and outer self at this spring time of the year, shouldn’t we also do some spiritual spring cleaning of our heart, soul and inner self? There comes a time when we must clean out the wardrobes of our life so that we may have room for items that will enhance our life. Let’s search the wardrobes of our lives and make a trip to the rubbish bin. Throw away any hatred that may be lurking there and be sure to toss out jealousy, bad attitudes, dishonesty, complaints and hypocrisy. Before you finish, throw away that grudge you’ve been carrying against someone. Make room to add love, honesty, forgiveness and kindness and not to mention thankfulness for all God’s blessings. Go on and make room for reverence and respect for God from whom all good gifts come. Stand back and look – your life’s wardrobe is looking better, isn’t it? Take a moment today to spring clean your heart and soul. Ask God to come in and if He finds anything else that should not be there, take it out so that you can live a life more loving and caring.
The Magic Piper – Spring
Spring is the perfect time to effect a positive change in our lives because the ever-lengthening days of warmth and light and all of nature’s responses to them are powerful cues for new growth. Spring urges us to plant some, grow some and bloom some. Spring brings us new hope that one day those of us searching for the light at the end of our tunnel will see the light shine through claiming victory over our burdens and worries. Somehow the battle feels less overwhelming when the spring warmth of the sun shines through after the winter hardness in our lives. It’s as though God is telling us He is here to help us find the courage to keep our spirits upbeat and feel younger. It will hopefully bring us our resurrection moment! For me there is no more invigorating time of the year than spring. Let me share with you this lovely poem by E. L. Marsh, titled ‘The Magic Piper’: ‘There piped a piper in the wood, Strange music soft and sweet. And all the little wild things, Came hurrying to his feet. They sat around him on the grass, Enchanted, unafraid, And listened, as with shining eyes, Sweet melodies he made. The wood grew green, and flowers sprang up, The birds began to sing; For the music it was magic, And the piper’s name was, Spring.’
Thought for the week
As your thought for the week, I pray that as the signs of spring begin to show themselves all around us, you will remember that each new day is like a cleared field ready for planting. Your thoughts, attitudes, and actions are the seeds you plant. This week choose only the seeds that will produce a bountiful harvest of love, joy, health, kindness, care, prosperity, and peace. And may you give thanksgiving not only for the springtime around you, but also for the springtime within you. Why don’t you this Easter clean out hate and replace it with love. Clean out pride and replace it with humility. Clean out anger and replace it with self control. Clean out unbelief and replace it with faith. Clean out revenge, and replace it with forgiveness. Clean out complaining and replace it with praise. Clean out evil thoughts and replace them with pure thoughts. Clean out gossip and replace it with encouragement. Clean out laziness and replace it with caring. Happy spring cleaning everyone!