From the moment the sun rises
And I take a deep inhale
my nose knows it’s late Spring.

The scent of lilacs and
fresh peppermint fills this space
and becomes
more pungent as
humidity fills the warming air.

Delicate blooms of purple
and lavender bearded
irises surround
the winged cherub.
I wonder if she planted them nearby?

One leaf and then another
magically unfurl, greening
the world with
beauty and love
of Creator for all of nature.

Revelation 21: 1-6

21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then I heard these words, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.


This text from the book of Revelation may sound familiar to you. It is often quoted at memorial or funeral services in order to comfort the grieving.

Understanding that there will be a new Jerusalem seems plausible when living in an area in which we experience the four seasons. Not long ago everything was barren except for the evergreens. Now we live in a land lush with green and colorful blooms.
Yet even in the midst of spring we may experience sadness at times. This is normal and has been written about over the centuries by many faithful people who have felt alone or even abandoned by God. I’ve been in that place myself.

When unable to feel the presence of God, try meditating on a flower or stone, watch children laugh and play, quietly observe the sunset or a waterfall. Then, simply close your eyes and surrender to God. With a big breath release your fears and struggles. Each life is precious.

Dear one, we pray for your spirit. May God’s joy and deep peace flow to you.

Rev. Marta Wheeler

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