Last Sunday, as I drove out of Spring Valley Village to celebrate our family Spring Break at Camp PawPaw, I saw that Spring had broken from the Earth. Following the hardship of the last two years of the Pandemic and the dreary cold days of Winter, the promise of new life was evident in the magnificent blossoms around me.
Behind the wheel, my thoughts centered on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Between death and loss. Between ashes in the earth and hope and life eternal.
I reflected on the death of my mother Lucile, 12 years ago this month and how she was such an exquisitely beautiful flower in God’s Kingdom. I grieved for the loss of her in the physical. But I knew that the love in her for me lives forever now in God and the Holy Spirit.
God has spoken to us in Scripture about Spring.
Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.
Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.
Dear God, I thank You for Spring. It is a perfect reminder to me that I should be living a full life and leaving the old dead parts of life behind.
God, I give thanks to You for the promise of Spring–for in the cascading of bridal veil, in the glory of the blossoming redbuds, azaleas, mountain laurel, gardenias, daffodils, roses, and the sweet smell of wisteria blossoms, I am reminded that life goes on.
God, although every human life ends, including mine, there is a spring, a holy well. A resting place in which I too will one-day flower forever in the Glory of Your eternal love. Amen
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Jack H. Emmott is a Senior Counsel of Gray, Reed & McGraw, LLP, a 145-lawyer full-service firm in Houston, Dallas, and Waco, Texas, a Board-Certified Family Law and Master Credentialed Collaborative Law Professional Divorce Attorney, Mediator, Author, Entrepreneur, and Inspirational Speaker. For more information about Jack or his latest book, Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love, go to the Bending Angel website.