The Easter celebrations of Christ’s resurrection now lead us into new beginnings. It is with this thought that l wish to share with you a poem l found which helps us to reflect on this theme with credit to Sephallia, the author:-
‘The Time of Beginnings’
The sun rises
Earlier than the morning before
It is this kind of season
That l simply adore.
The temperature is warming
And my heart feels lighter
As l step outside
To a sky that’s simply brighter
The faint colour of green returns
A very gentle and uplifting hue
As life returns to nature
As plant life is renewed.
The springtime rain falls down gently
Covering the plants with a gentle dew
It splashes and washes the planet
Making everything clean and new.
The springtime has come
The gentle rain is calling you
In this season of beginnings
You are given a chance to begin anew.
At Grove, we celebrated the Easter story with the new beginning following Jesus’ resurrection and with the new beginnings from a Baptism and an impromptu marriage proposal on that special day. We know that every night is followed by a new dawn with new hope for that day and that we also can begin anew as the poet tells us and appreciate the gift of beginnings. At Grove, we have enhanced our surroundings with a fresh, newly painted, refurbished Providence Centre which is uplifting to the spirit for all who visit, work and socialise there. When we think of renewal let us reflect also on the caterpillar who knows how to become a chrysalis, looking devoid of all life until the butterfly emerges NEW and BEAUTIFUL. Heather C. King, author of ‘What caterpillars remember and l sometimes forget’ asks if it is possible these insects know more about hope than we do!
We have “Create a pure heart in me, o God and give me a steadfast spirit” Psalm 51.v10 (NEB) and “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5.v17 (ESV)
Dear friends may you all have joyful beginnings to come.
Evelyn Richardson, Grove U.R.C.