God – On the corner of my street for over fifty years there lived a man who spent his life repairing electric wheelchairs.
Now, this man, who kept wheelchair bound persons on the move to navigate in their homes, places of work and worship, no longer is in his home. The home has been vacant for more than a year.
But, in the man’s yard this week his white plum tree was in magnificent bloom.
I have enjoyed this blossoming tree for the last twelve years. In those twelve years people I loved have died. Our flood ridden home in Emmottville has been demolished. A few beloved pets have joined Your Kingdom of heavenly creatures great and small.
The plum tree and the blossoms of Spring echoed to me that life goes on, that You and the Nature You have given us hold a Holy promise. That with every ending there is a new beginning. There is promise and hope You have for each of us. That although the seasons of life change, Your love for us never does.
We often believe that life and the living of it starts at birth. But, as we move through Lent, and stand at the Cross on Good Friday, and witness the Crucifixion of Your Son, Jesus, we learn that eternal life for us was born out of Your sacrifice and a precious death.
God, we thank You for Your love, for the hope of Spring, for the new spiritual growth and transformation which come from endings in our lives. For Your love and plans for us are around us in Nature. In the white blossoming plum tree at the end of my street. In this tree the man planted for us to see and reflect on in our walks of faith. Amen
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