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MEDITATION – “SPRING”
Bishop Teresa E. Snorton
Another Holy Week and Easter Season has come! Most pastors say it is the busiest time of the year, with worship services and events filling every day of the week of remembrance. It makes sense, given that this season is the foundational celebration of Christianity. The Resurrection event is what distinguishes our faith and assures our future as benefactors of the life and death of Jesus Christ.
This holy season occurs in concert with the beginning of our Spring season. New life through the resurrection is echoed in the new life that springs forth from the ground after the long, cold winter. The letters of the word SPRING may help us discover what we can anticipate, plant and cultivate in our lives as a part of the Easter season:
S – SERVE. One way to get energized and to forget your own troubles is by serving others. Who needs help with an errand? A ride to the doctor’s office? Help with a project? A meal? A visit? Alter your schedule at least once a week to do something for someone else without expecting anything in return.
P – PRAY. We are commanded “to pray continually” and “to pray without ceasing”. This spring, why not enhance your prayer life? Do whatever you need to do to become more focused and diligent in praying for your church, your pastor, and your community along with the other prayer concerns you have.
R – REJOICE. Spring is a great time to show appreciation to God for all of God’s blessing. Praise and worship is a great way to rejoice. But our “rejoicing” or our “joy” is also evident in our daily conversation, in our response to challenges, and in our relationship to others. Ban “complaining” from your vocabulary this spring and let joy fill you each day!
I – INSPIRE. During this season of “newness”, reclaim inspiration and take the first steps towards completing something you have put on the back burner. Even more, inspire others to have the courage to follow their dreams. God has given us all gifts, we sometimes lack the courage and inspiration to use them for God’s glory!
N- NOTICE. A friend of mine told me to go outside and soak up the sunshine when I was recently lamenting about having too much to do. This is a great season to notice the presence of God in the simple things around us. Recapture the “awe” of the God we serve by noticing a blade of grass, a flower, a tree, a bird, a raindrop. Today, I noticed a red rock deeply embedded in the grass in my front yard. I had never noticed it before, although it appears to have been there a long time!
G- GIVE. Giving is a part of our Christian testimony. We give of our time, talent and treasure because God has given them to us. We share what we have as a way of sharing the light of Jesus Christ. Be generous with your time, your smiles, your laughter. Volunteer. Give back. Pay it forward this spring!
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