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strange that around July or August, when retailers begin to put out the
Halloween and even the Christmas decorations, we bemoan it declaring,
“it’s too soon, not yet, can’t we just wait?”
But when we start to see pastel colors, patio furniture, BBQ grills and
shorts & tank-tops start emerging around mid-February, it’s a
completely different sentiment. It’s one of anticipation, excitement
has sprung! Well, it’s going to…officially, that is on
March 20th. And by that time, clocks will have sprung forward on
March 11th. I don’t quite understand why we still adjust clocks an
hour each spring and fall, but until it changes I look forward to more
daylight, earlier sunrises and later sunsets! Here comes the son!
so fitting to be moving through this time of Lent (darkness, reflection and
suffering) toward the anticipation of Easter (light, observation and joy).
It is just so natural, cyclical and seasonal for us to seek light, to
follow joy and to pursue truth! Created by God, we have an innate and
instinctive spirit that desires light, both literally and metaphorical.
we follow an annual cycle that goes through a myriad of emotions and
extreme events. In times of darkness, when evil seems to overwhelm
all aspects of life, we need the reassurances of the coming Spring. We need
the ritual of Lent to better understand difficult times and how we can
learn from them. Then, when we come through them, emerging from the
darkness, the resurrection is there in all of its splendid
glory to shout triumphantly, “Death is not the last word! Darkness
will not win out; it will be drowned by The Light!”
that the dark winter will always return. It may be challenging and
foreboding, but with experience, practice and preparation, we’re
ready for it. We’re better able to go through that journey
because we know that it’s on the way toward the destination.
The destination is sun, light, warmth and emerging life.
witness the darkness around us – school shootings, war, collusion,
etc. – remember that the Son and the Light will always triumph.
Spring forward and Happy Easter!
Not much to say this Lent
now in the middle of Lent, where we remember a man who was killed because
of teaching about love and peace.
And all I want to write about is the terrorizing malevolence of the
NRA that does all it can to ensure that every possible weapon is available
to everyone; even if it means that more children will die. I read on
Facebook someone’s post that said that the NRA must do what they are doing or the liberals will try to rescind the 2nd
Amendment. Well, I know lots of
liberals and I don’t know any who want to rescind the 2nd
Amendment. I don’t want
to take reasonable guns out of the hands of individuals for the
purposes of hunting, personal defense, or even entertainment; but I do want
to take military weapons and ammunition out of their hands.
to the man of peace and love. I
really don’t think he would own a weapon.