Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43: 18-19
I was annoyed at the unpleasant conditions when I left the Ash Wednesday evening Service. It was cold and snowing and I wanted it to be Spring. But I was also struck with the thought that the seasons of winter and Lent are similar. The flora and fauna around me have turned inward against the harsh cold. Like them, this Lenten season can be one that offers me a time to turn inward – to reflect on my own harshness. And as with winter’s time of dormancy can provide the grounds for new birth. Lent can be a time when the Holy Spirit cultivates new growth in me.
Winter and Lent will end soon. As they do and as the flora and fauna spring to life – I know the Holy Spirit is preparing me to also spring forth. As the earth begins to bud and bloom, Lent will have prepared me to turn to the newness of life found in the resurrected Christ! I can hardly wait!!
Prayer: Lord, give us patience as we wait for new life and renewal! Amen
Deaconess Student Karen Davidson, Huntsville, AL