Originally published in the April 2016 Monthly Explorer

As we welcome the coming of spring, recall the beautiful words in the Song of Solomon:

“. . . for now the winter is past . . .
. . . The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.”

Spring heralds resurrection, new life, revived hope. God celebrates new life with beauty. Bulbs are resurrected into lovely flowers for our pleasure and enjoyment. Seeds begin to open and grow providing food to sustain our lives.

Look at the world dressed in new and festive colors: yellow daffodils, red tulips, pink azaleas, purple violets, white apple blossoms. Observe the Monarch Butterflies making their way north. The earth is bright with color and hope and assurance.

Look at the return of migrant birds. Let our songs be like the morning birds, beautiful, fresh, and full – full of praise and thanksgiving for life. Look and see God’s created glory.

God is good. Let us sing praises with new fervor to God’s blessed name.

Let us be hopeful in these days in our personal lives and as a congregation.