Celebrating Spring – Happy Easter

Happy Spring to everyone. It’s the time we celebrate the emergence of new life out of the barrenness of winter, and I always delight in the wildflowers that pop up in my yard and neighboring yards.

I’m not sure what those lovely flowers are called, but they sprout up abundantly in early spring here in NE Texas. At first glance, they can be mistaken for bluebonnets, but I suspect they’re a wild Grape Hyacinth. Whatever they are, when they cover a section of a yard or field, the bold colors are stunning. The flowers pop up after the daffodils have stopped blooming and before the irises burst forth.

Named a grape hyacinth because the blooms look like a cluster of grapes on a grapevine.

The daffodils are in a neighbor’s yard, but the irises are in my yard. The plants were here when I moved in, having survived the tear down of the old house that used to be on the property and the construction of the new house. Hearty little flowers, and I’m so happy to have them along my fence line.

Spring is also a time for us to reflect on what the holidays we celebrate mean to us. For me, that’s Easter, but it’s been hard this year, and last year, to have the full experience of the religious side of the holiday as churches were closed down entirely last March. This year, they’re open on a limited basis, but since I haven’t yet been able to get the vaccine against COVID, I’m still avoiding gatherings as much as possible.

Because of the year-long limitations on life, it’s hard to be as positive and hopeful as we could be.

Hope is one of the main messages we normally take from Easter and Passover and all the spring holidays we hold dear, and I do hope that you are finding some things in your life that give you hope and positive vibes right now. The flowers always do that for me, even when I can’t share the liturgies and fellowship of church gatherings.

Before I go, I want to share a link to this amazing rendition of The Hallelujah Chorus sung by two sisters in Ontario Canada. Cassandra Star (10) & her big sister Callahan (19) sing this beautiful & meaningful Easter version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. For those of us who celebrate Easter, this is a wonderful version of the song.

Wishing you joy and peace and happiness as we renew ourselves in mind and body and spirit.

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