As posted at RevGalBlogPals by yours truly:
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, NRSV)
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.
You see the green shoot among the leaves, right?
Just a few days ago this area was covered with deep snow.
This gives me hope.
(We'll not mention that we had frost last night again, okay?)
2. I had a meeting last night and drove to it with the sun still shining.
3. We're taking the Easter flower orders at church.
4. It's only four more weeks until the Big Event 2.0. In 27 days I'll be in Arizona!!! With my friends!!! Hurray!!!
5. These buds are not in flower yet, but a warm day or two will make a big difference. It may not happen on the day I want it (today, for instance), but the yellow flowers by the back gate *will* come.
Yesterday I met with a group of colleagues to discuss a project we all hope to undertake. We don't know where the money will come from or how it will look, ultimately; we have only a seed of hope. But I trust it will come to flower, too.
What signs of hope do you see?