Today it started. My mind started thinking about Spring. This is a mindful transistion that occurs when I am ready to hand Winter over to the past and press on into Spring. Today is that day.
Spring in Lower Alabama has been all around me lately. The Azaleas are in full bloom and butter cups have emerged. Yesterday I did not want to notice, but today I finally saw it.
Why is there a reluctance in me to notice Spring? I think it is because ever since childhood, I have liked winter! There is a coziness about winter that is not found in Spring. There is the soft silent mornings in Tennessee when you can hear clumps of snow land on the ground and trees. There is the fireside coffee and soft worn quilts. There is the chill that makes family members seek each other out for snuggly warmth. There are memories of the big snow, school closings and neighbors coming over during the night because their electricity is out. Yes, winter covers me with coziness. I like feeling that way and have always held out hope to have snow in Southern Alabama by some chance of a rogue winter storm.
But, today, hello Spring. The freshness of Spring overcomes the inevitable staleness of Winter. With all its color and symbols of life, I will welcome it and seize the coziness it provides through the love bought cross and God wrought Resurrection. Today I will set it free.
This has been playing softly in my mind for days; today I turned up the volume of my thoughts and heard…..
YOUR ONLY SON, NO SIN TO HIDE
BUT YOU HAVE SENT HIM
FROM YOUR SIDE
TO WALK UPON THIS GUILTY SOD
AND TO BECOME THE LAMB OF GOD
YOUR GIFT OF LOVE THEY CRUCIFIED
THEY LAUGHED AND SCORNED HIM
AS HE DIED
THE HUMBLE KING THEY NAMED A FRAUD
AND SACRIFICED THE LAMB OF GOD
I WAS SO LOST I SHOULD HAVE DIED
BUT YOU HAVE BROUGHT ME TO
TO BE LEAD BY YOUR STAFF AND ROD
AND TO BE CALLED A LAMB OF GOD
O LAMB OF GOD SWEET LAMB OF GOD
I LOVE THE HOLY LAMB OF GOD
O WASH ME IN YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD
TILL I AM JUST A LAMB OF GOD
(by Twila Paris)
Yes, welcome, Spring. Yes, thank you, Saviour.