Reflections On The Journey
|Posted on April 16, 2023 at 10:25 PM|
Monday Meditation – Spring Renewal - 4/17/2023
We finally had the start of spring here in Minnesota! Several days last week were in the 80’s, and all the snow in my yard finally melted away. The robins were out hunting for worms, and the neighborhood birds have been sending up a chorus of their joyous spring songs. Of course, we had snow coming down yesterday, but I’m going to assume it will all pass away quickly!
I love spring. It’s a sign that the earth is in renewal! Trees explode with leafy buds, and flowers begin to poke their stems out of the earth where they have laid dormant for so many months. The grassy carpet fills out with lush green, and the air smells fresh and clean.
Springtime clearly reminds me of God’s creation. Nature has often inspired me to write, and today I share with you one of these writings, titled “God’s Creation.”
Miracles of creation surround me
I lay amid the pungent clover
The cool dewy grass
Tickles my fingertips
Dance tangos in the lilies
Tiny buds play peek-a-boo
In the rosebushes
In the distance
Trill out hymns of praise
A warm kiss of sunshine
Caresses my neck
The gentle breeze whispers
Scriptural poetry through swaying trees
A deep calm settles within me
Peace enfolds my heart
I rest in the majesty
Of God’s creation
Just as God’s creation is renewing right now in spring, Jesus has renewed us, too, through his resurrection on Easter Sunday. He gave us hope!
Spring is a time when I feel the need to renew myself, too. How can I do this? First, I can take Jesus’ resurrection as a sign that my sins have been forgiven and I will have a place in heaven, as long as I remain faithful. I can (and should) continue to faithfully attend mass and live my life as Christ-like as I am able.
Second, I can attend retreats and talks to refresh my faith. I can read Sacred Scripture and religious texts to strengthen my faith and knowledge. Third, I can do some spring cleaning to rid myself not only of possessions I do not need, but bad habits and sins that still plague me. And fourth, I can do good for others in any way that I can, to help them be renewed as well.
Are you renewing yourself this spring? I encourage you to do something this week to renew your commitment to Jesus. Read some scripture, attend mass or adoration, make a plan to give up a bad habit, or do something good for someone else. May your spring renewal bless you and others!
Have a blessed Monday!
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