My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. Song of Solomon 2:10-13
In the late, late winter, as the snow begins to recede here in Maine, we begin to look almost desperately for signs of spring, signs of hope that the weather has turned and a new day is on the horizon. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Easter and Spring twine inextricably, the crocuses and daffodils peeking through the Earth as we await the risen Christ.
Share with us five signs of hope that you can see today or have experienced in the past.
1: The cherry trees are blooming in DC.
2: I've played outside with my niece for the last 3 days.
3: The ponies are back on "our" end of the island, where I can watch them while I eat lunch.
4: There's less than one year left until the deadline for my dissertation. Wait, is that hope or desperation?
5: We're moving toward Easter...always a reminder of resurrection!