AWAKEning SPIRIT

Written by: Rev. Linda M. Rhinehart Neas, M.Ed. | Posted on: | Category:

How fitting that the inauguration of Awakening Spirit comes just days after the Spring Equinox! Spring – a time of rebirth, of hope and of new life – reminds us that winter is but the end of the beginning. In this season of hope, we refocus our hearts, minds, and eyes to “see” the possibilities that lie just beneath the surface.

Awakening Spirit will, I hope, be a place where all may come to gather. While here, they will find messages that are meant to inspire, enlighten, heal, nurture and inform. These messages may come in the form of words but may also be photos that touch the heart and soul.

Today, let’s talk about spring and how it is a metaphor for hope and faith. Sitting Bull, the great Lakota leader said, “Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” If you garden, you understand immediately what this means. In fact, perhaps, early last month when the seed and bulb magazines arrived in the mail, you already began hoping.

Gardening is an exercise in hope, after all! Plant a seed and then wait, watering it, setting it in a sunny place, hoping that after several days the evidence of a tiny green shoot will finally appear. Gardeners have faith that sun, water and love will produce glorious results. Sometimes they do, but sometimes they don’t. This is a lesson, too.

What happens when the results of our faith don’t spring forth all green and hopeful? Most of us try again, believing that the failure was due to outside influences that we couldn’t control. Others give up completely, throwing their hands in the air and marching away in frustration. Still others, leave things as they are, appreciate what is and think about how to do it differently next year. All this is a metaphor for life.

Hope and Faith go nowhere without Love. Love is key to everything. Love is the glue that keeps Hope from unraveling. Love is the gentle zephyr that raises Faith high into the unknown. Love is the essence of spring!

The English philosopher, Bernard Williams, once said, “The day God created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.” We cannot be witnesses of spring without hope!

What are your thoughts…

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