March 12

Reflection

The birds know that Spring is coming. We may still see snow on the ground and feel the chill of the air, but the birds know better. Their calls are once again the music of early morning.  Every day there seem to be more all singing on different notes.  Life is stirring in earth. It is time to listen, to watch and to see. Small green noses are poking above the ground and the tips of the tree twigs are tinted. It is still more than a week until the equinox, but life can’t wait. We may establish times and rituals, but earth lives by a rhythm of its own.

Prayer

All creation praise God.
Psalm 148

Action

Be attentive to the awakening of Springtime. Enjoy the beauty of our planet and be aware that we are the only creatures who despoil it. Access some of these sites:
Earth Justice  , Green America . People for the Ethical Treatment  of Animals, Environmental Defense Fund

Suggested Reading

 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament  shows God’s handywork.
Psalm 19:1-6

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.
1 Timothy 4:4

Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.\\
Rachel Carson

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.
Charles Dickens

Earth laughs in flowers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.
Victor Hugo

 When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
John Muir

Every spring is the only spring — a perpetual astonishment.
Ellis Peters

 Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.
Terry Tempest Williams

All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness
within.
Horace Friess

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