Day 389 | Monday, 12 April 2021
I gave you a wrong scripture reference yesterday morning. It should have been 1 John 1:1-2:1. You may want to go back a read the correct reference.
I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend which was a blessing to all of us. So many of the flowering trees and shrubs have popped open. The forsythia has been so bright and beautiful. The flowering Bradford pear tress here at the Woodlands are just about to pop open to full bloom. The peepers are in full chorus in the evening. What a wonderful time is spring.
I am reminded of the song “Pass It On” by Kurt Kaiser, 1969. I am especially reminded of the second stanza: “What a wondrous time is spring, when all the trees are budding; the birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming. That’s how it is with God’s love once you’ve experienced it; you want to sing, it’s fresh like spring, you want to pass it on.”
This year spring is even more refreshing because we can be around one another and even carefully begin exchanging hugs and handshakes. Some are even making plans to travel to visit relatives for the first time in over a year.
Even with all this joy, there is still the need to be cautious and vigilant. The variants of the COVID-19 virus are making themselves known all over the world. Some areas are experiencing more and worse cases than earlier in the fight with the virus. It is important for us to keep praying for those struggling with the virus and for those doing all they can to keep people alive.
As we think about where we have journeyed over the past year to bring us to this spring, and as we think about what we are facing ahead of us, let us remember that God’s love has been a steady rudder during it all. “That’s how it is with God’s love, once you have experienced it.” It is fresh like spring. It is a love that we are willing and eager to pass along to others.
God of love, your love has been a constant resource for us in our daily lives. We are so grateful for your love. As we continue to reflect on Easter, we remember the greatest example of your love in the Risen Christ. Help us pass on your love to those who have particular needs and to those who continue to lead us through the journey of an unprecedented pandemic. God of grace, thank you for this beautiful season in our lives. Hear our prayers. Amen
Today: Doctors, nurses and support staff who continue to be stretched beyond their comfort zones due to COVID.