March 20

Spring Equinox
Reflection

The earth is beginning to warm itself. Light and darkness are brought into balance and life is stirring. Spring is here with its renewal of hope. Earth once again sends forth green shoots and the trees don their leaves. Spring reminds us of the possibility of transformation. Each seed that germinates, each leaf that unfurls, each nest that is built, each little creature that is born is a miracle. Spring tells us that earth is alive and filled with color and music. Nature is our teacher. May we live in the wonder and beauty of Springtime.

Prayer

May Spring renew us and recreate life in us.

Action

In t he midst of this stressful time do not allow yourself to miss the beauty of Spring. Open yourself to new growth and to unity with the splendor of God’s creation. Hold on to hope.

Suggested Reading

You have cared for the land and watered it
Greatly you have enriched it
The streams are filled
You have provided the grain
Thus have you prepared the land
Drenching its furrows
Breaking up its clods
Softening it with showers
Blessing its yield.
The meadows overflow
And gladness clothes the hills.
The fields are arrayed with flocks
And the valleys blanketed with grain.
They shout and sing for joy.
Psalm 65

Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray, where nature heals and gives strength to body and soul alike.
John Muir

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

The festival of the spring equinox speaks of freshness and youth, of excitement and endless possibilities. Nature begins to quicken and early flowers open to the warmth of the strengthening sun, bringing the colors of lemon and yellow into our lives on the wings of a March wind.
Carole Carlton

 If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has the power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.
Eleanor Duse

The human venture depends absolutely on a quality of awe and reverence and joy in the Earth and all that lives and grows upon the Earth.
Thomas Berry

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!
Sitting Bull

Spring is when life’s alive in everything.
Christina Rossetti

The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.
Harriet Ann Jacobs

To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe—to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it—is a wonder beyond words.
Joanna Macy and Molly Brown

Spring is like a perhaps hand
(which comes carefully
out of Nowhere)arranging
a window, into which people look(while
people stare
arranging and changing placing
carefully there a strange
thing and a known thing here)and
changing everything carefully
e.e.cummings

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