After weeks of grey skies and night time temperatures ranging between 2 and -1, today is decidedly spring-like in my part of the world. Not quite time to break out the summer clothes, but definitely a day for sitting on the verandah with a cup of coffee and feeling the sun on my face – possibly even a day to consider a bit of planting and pruning.
There’s a scent of excitement around spring that’s not solely to do with football grand finals. Longer days and end-of-year holidays are just around the corner, while veggie gardens are marked out and summer time tomatoes planted
In my ideal Church, the Church I sometimes dream about, September would seem like a perfect month to celebrate Easter in the southern states of Australia. In the words of the Song of Songs, “Winter is past. Flowers are appearing on the earth. The season of glad songs has come.”
It would be wonderful to experience the Holy Week liturgy as more than an intellectual exercise. I want to anticipate it during the tedious days of winter and be ready to welcome the New Life it promises, let spring touch my skin with the promise and warmth of Easter resurrection.
You and I know that’s not going to happen any time soon, but it is possible to capture some Paschal hope in a world where we are daily bombarded with accounts of mass brutality, political mayhem and a general feeling of not knowing where to find truth any more. The answer starts with each one of us.
Maybe spring mindfulness – Australian style would help.
Watch a sunrise
Open your arms, literally, to embrace the new day.
Sit in the sunlight and feel the breeze
Shrug off your shoes and feel the earth beneath your feet.
Take a picnic lunch to a local park.
Listen for birds.
Plant something and watch it grow.
Try a vegetable that is new to you. .
Clean out a cupboard or shelf and get rid of the things you no longer need.
Visit a plant nursery.
Float a flower in a bowl of water.
Find a new way to drive a familiar route.
Move the dial on your radio and try a different station.
Talk to someone new, someone you don’t know.
Take a trip to the country.
Watch a sunset
Entertain a new idea. You may have to gently tip out an old one.
Pray Psalm 148