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Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Strong Roots for Supple Limbs (by Peter A. Black)
Southwestern Ontario (and most of Southern Canada, perhaps) needs convincing
spring’s here – I mean, really here? There’s no doubt now. Despite
decidedly snappy starts to some days and brisk morning breezes, nature’s been
heralding spring’s arrival for weeks. Robins bobbed along for quite a while,
singing their sweet song, pairing up and busying themselves building nests in
readiness for starting a family. Numerous avian returnees followed their lead.
Ah, spring –
season of new life and new beginnings!
Foliage now clothes the nakedness of
winter’s dormancy, ready to offer hospitality to a host of creatures and
sunshade for people fair of skin. Forsythia and magnolia shouted a colourful
welcome, and blossoming trees continue to praise their Creator, announcing the
promise of fruit.
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the Christian community celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ in spring,
at Easter. I continue to meet people who’ve experienced a springtime in their
lives because Jesus has become real to them and a living entity within them.
spring my wife and I had the honour of participating in a memorial service to a
lady who, in her early senior years opened up her life in faith to the Lord
Jesus in a new way.
Last fall she married her long-time sweetheart, then was
baptized as a Christ-follower and became a member of the church fellowship that
became a recent part of her life’s journey. During the period of her making
these commitments she was forward-looking, despite serious illness.
This was a
time of new beginnings, she said.
One day I
accompanied her pastor – my friend Andy – when visiting her in hospital. She
intimated to us that she was at peace and had absolutely no fear of dying. If
not granted recovery this lady knew she would go to be with the Lord she loved.
Upon reflection I realise that, although physically in the concluding season of
her earthly life, this person was truly living in the springtime of her new
life “in Christ” – to use a scriptural term.
It was late
autumn physically for her, because the fading leaves of her earthly existence
had fully turned and were now falling; only a few remained. And yet hers was a
hope-filled springtime spiritually. And so, with my wistful and respectful
reflections on that lady, who’d become my friend, let’s get back to spring.
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summer and autumn are wonderful months for weddings. Next weekend, God willing,
Rev. Andy will officiate at another wedding and I’ll be at the organ. With
measured steps, the bride – a middle-aged lady – will glide regally to meet her
groom at that same altar to be wed in the sight of God, while I sing, Walk
Hand in Hand with Me.*This couple is also stepping onto the road of
new beginnings, suggested in these lines from that song “Walk hand in hand with
me, God is our destiny; No greater love could be . . .”
Source: Midwest Living
rates in North America nudging close to 50% many young people and even
second-time-around older couples are giving up on traditional marriage unions,
opting instead for common-law arrangements. Not surprisingly, some millennials,
traumatized by their parents’ break-ups, are fearful of declaring strong,
traditional Christian-based vows.
lift up silent prayer in behalf of friends and acquaintances who stand at an
altar “in the sight of God and in the presence of these witnesses” to declare
their intentions of fidelity in marriage.
of life inevitably lead to the chilly blasts of winter. How important to
develop strong roots, resilient trunks and supple limbs during life’s spring
Peter A. Black lives in Southwestern Ontario. He
writes a weekly inspirational newspaper column, P-Pep! and is author of Raise
Your Gaze ... Mindful Musings of a Grateful Heart, and Parables from the