Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.                     In the lengthening days of early spring, among the vanishing snowshadows, I hear new bird songs, see geese overhead, and greet the long-awaited return of smells. Trees light their little green sparklers, and I walk among them. Then the great flowering procession begins: first the gentle, snow-defiant crocuses, and the hyacinth, low and easy to miss, then the forsythia, the dogwood, dandelions and daffodils, followed in proper order by the tulips and the flowering trees, crabs and cherries, and the azaleas. Little purple things, and white ones, dot the yard. Finally the lilacs bloom, and I walk among them. The catalpa tree will blossom much later, and I will stand beside it as well. Among flowering beings, softly opening, with billowing wonders, I, too, live, with my own great unfolding.

                    Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

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