The Sunday Message

Look, winter is past, the rains have come and gone. The flowers are blooming in the fields. It’s time to sing! Listen, the doves have returned.Song of Solomon 2:11-12 (ERV)

My calendar lists Monday, March 20, as this thing called “Spring Equinox.”

Why do we have to be so “technical?” It’s the first day of spring! Whoop, whoop!

I searched Google for “Spring Equinox” and found that “Spring Equinox 2017 in Northern Hemisphere will be at 4:28 AM on Monday, March 20, 2017.” I also found that there are two equinoxes every year – in March and September – when the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of night and day are nearly equal.

Now I feel really bad about not listening to my science teachers.

All I know is that it’s getting warmer outside and I like it.

As a child, I loved in spring when it was warm enough to leave my jacket at home when I rode the bus to school. I loved getting ready for baseball season and to see the trees and grass turn green. I enjoyed looking for mushrooms in the Midwest in late spring and being out in the woods with my dogs. I loved a good spring rain. Spring smelled new. It was like starting over!

Since I am older, spring does not mean those things anymore. There are adult things to think of and worry about.

I hope and pray that you can take some time this spring to stop and enjoy God’s wonderful work. Maybe we can be a child again just for a few minutes!

Oh, Spring! I want to go out and feel you and get inspiration. My old things seem dead. I want fresh contacts, more vital searching. – Emily Carr




The Sunday Message

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. –Psalm 51:10 (NIV)

Earlier this week the temperature here in Great Falls, Montana, made it to 75. I don’t think it’s been that warm this year so far, so that gives me hope that spring is winning the fight against winter.

With the warmer weather, it’s time for some spring cleaning! So I mowed my yard for the first time this season and I picked up leaves and trash. I even ventured into my garage and cleaned.

Spring always gives me a feeling of starting over – of renewal. Before moving to Montana, I had moved a lot in my life. When I was young, my dad worked on road construction, so spring was the time that he would start a new job – maybe building an interstate here or a bridge there. It also meant that I might be moving. So spring gives me the feeling that I want to travel or move or just see what is over the next hill.

Enjoy the season – and get outside and enjoy God’s work!

See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come…Song of Solomon 2:11-12 (NIV)


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The Sunday Message

Little darling
It’s been a long, cold lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since it’s been here
– “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

It’s a big week coming up! First we have St. Patrick’s Day on Monday and then the first day of spring is Thursday! Things are looking up, whoop, whoop!

Here’s an Irish blessing for you:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Song of Solomon 2:11-12 (NCV)
Look, the winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Blossoms appear through all the land. The time has come to sing…

Take a moment to enjoy “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles:

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