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: “See!  The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come; the cooing of doves is heard in our land.”   Song of Songs, 2:11-12    NIV

    *April showers will bring May flowers.*
            We’ve had ‘em; We’ve got ‘em!!
    What a beautiful time of year! A trinity of forces have combined to make the woods, lawn, and gardens bloom forth. Sure, it takes April showers to wash away the drabness of winter and soak the soil with the sustainer of life: water. As the length of the day increases, and the soil warms, the plants are triggered to once again thrust forth their leaves and buds. The force that leads all others is of course the position of the earth in relation to the sun. What a remarkable mechanism! The earth is actually the closest to the sun in the winter time, but in the northern hemisphere, the angle at which its rays hit the earth put us into the deep freeze. Our cousins south of the equator get their moment in the sunshine. The south polar region becomes the land of the midnight sun. The north pole barely sees the sun at all. Gradually, day by day, the earth moves in its orbit until that magic day arrives - the length of day and night are equal. The sun once again “crosses” the equator, and spring begins.
    Nothing happens instantly, of course. It takes time. Only a minute or so every day, but the period of daylight lengthens for us northerners, and shortens for those south of the equator. Gradually, the temperature of our soil rises. So do our spirits. We cast off the winter blahs, and rejoice in the sunshine.
    So it is the relationship to the sun that drives all the other forces. What a different world we would live in if that remarkable relationship did not exist. The life cycle of plants and animals would have to be different, because all life is dependent upon the forces engendered by that day to day relationship to the life-giver.
    So, too, is our relationship to the One who gives life to even the mighty sun. God, in His Trinity - The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.
    Are we close to the Son? Do we “orbit” Him? Are we in tune to His life-giving forces?
Can we feel His power influencing our lives? I hope so!
    Think about what a remarkable thing ‘life’ is. We can see the effects of life. We can tell if something is living or dead, but we can’t create life where life does not exist. We can nurture it, we can nourish it, we can destroy it, but only God creates life.
    We need to also nurture and nourish the spirit, which God gave us.  To do that, we need to be close to the Son. Is it springtime in your spiritual life?  I hope so!
April 30, 2001

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