Springtime burst open on us this week in America, as the ‘hope giver’ of renewal, rebirth, second chances and growth. ‘The Joyful Season’ of new life emerges in the midst of humility and brokenness. It’s the Church’s Springtime – an invitation to the sacred dance of life to the music of Spring.
See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. – Is 43:19
Laetare Sunday launched this fourth week in the middle of lent and the beginning of Spring with a refreshing and surprising invitation ‘to be happy’ (latin for Laetare). The ‘rose’ color of rejoicing replaced the penitential color of ‘purple’. It is now with joyful anticipation that along our journey we are eager for the happy ending, the great gifts to us as Easter is getting closer.
We look forward to turning away from all that is wrong with us and the world, anticipating the promise of our restoration – a ‘flourishing finish’.
There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. Phillippians 1:6
Along the Christian journey, intermingled together are life and death, joy and sorrow, gain and loss, beauty and brokenness. It’s a metaphor of the Great Sacred Dance, the Symphony of God, God’s eco soul system. New life emerging from seeds surrendering to change in fertile soul, interwoven with laments of lost attachments.
Pain and joy are arteries of the same heart, and mourning and dancing are but one long movement in the symphony of God. Ann Voskamp
As I move towards taking a step and whirl to this symphony celebrating Springtime Renewal and Awakening this week, it also marks losses: the death of my sister’s husband 16 years ago, and our family Golden Retriever Honey, last St. Patrick’s day. http://www.howtoflourish.com/blog/the-examined-life-is-well-worth-living/
There are moments when we are aware of the harmony, being in rhythm with the presence of God, a heart full of gratitude. Then there are moments – often at the same time – when we are off step, out of tune and not. A soul artery gets clogged.
It’s the general dance of balance and restoration we are all learning to do.
The Jewish concept of Tikkun olan assures our hearts and expresses it so very well: everything is divinely ordered by God’s passion for mending our brokenness.
God’s ultimate vision for our repair is for our restoration, to flourish in the beauty of His harmony and well-being – Shalom.
– So, lets pray to perceive the new things that are springing up.
– Being aware and grateful for the ways being made in the wilderness of your waiting and wondering.
God’s healing and provision we so long for.
– Soaking in the refreshing streams flowing in the wastelands of
wilting and languishing.
God’s peace and tranquility quenching our thirsty souls.
This melody and dance of Spring is an invitation from Jesus –
“Can I have this dance with you?”
Let Him lead you in a ‘happy dance’.
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