Friday Five

Friday Five: Signs of Hope, Signs of Spring

(As posted by Sally at RevGalBlogPals)

It has been a difficult week here
in Dowham Market, and yet in the sadness there have been signs of real
hope, young people, often criticised have shown us how caring and
amazing they are. It has also been a strange week; it snowed for almost
the first time this winter, and yet many of the spring bulbs are
blooming, and the trees are blossoming!

I believe that if we look carefully we can see signs of hope all around us…. as for signs of spring… well you tell me….

Bluebells in my garden, before the snow!

What have you seen/ heard this week that was a :

1. Sign of hope?

Pure Luck has been away for work since February 12th, not all that long but a time filled with storms in need of shoveling and some stress around Molly Dog’s lameness and possible medical treatments or lack, thereof. It was a sign of hope to discover I was confused about the length of this job and he will likely be home a week earlier than I had thought.

2. An unexpected word of light in a dark place?

I’m struggling with some of the feelings raised by this life change I’m attempting, and I really appreciated a phone call from my childhood friend (that may have been last week, but I’m still nursing it).

3. A sign of spring?

Not much around here, to be completely frank. I guess there are buds on the forsythia, but there is still so much snow, it’s hard to believe in spring. But the boys are coming home on their Spring Breaks, so I guess that would be it.

4. Challenging/ surprising?

We’re in the winding down phase of my ministry at Main Street Church, and this brings an odd combination of gratitude/affirmation and anxiety/reactivity from church members, all pretty natural for this point in the process, but at times both challenging and surprising.

5. Share a hope for the coming week/month/year….

Week: happy reunions with Pure Luck and #1 Son (coming in for Spring Break tomorrow), and a week later Snowman.

Month: Enjoying the RevGal’s Big Event and then moving on smoothly to my new position

Year: Reaching my weight goals while coming to a deeper understanding of myself

Bonus play… a piece of music/ poem guaranteed to cheer you?

I’m looking forward to the music (and flowers) of Easter Sunday, no matter what the weather is like that day.

7 thoughts on “Friday Five: Signs of Hope, Signs of Spring”

  1. Thanks! I’m so glad I picked up the phone. I loved hearing your voice. You’re doing amazing work.

  2. In all new things… hope abounds! OK… so scary stuff abounds too… but I’m trying to be hopeful that scary stuff really small.

  3. Ditto on the snow. I thought today, “Need that green blade to rise NOW!” Funny how we might be singing that hymn under snow this year. Hopefully not.
    Safe travel to your family!

  4. I needed that reinforcement about making phone calls. I need to make them more often. Thanks for telling us how much that meant to you. I will remember that.

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