Today is the Spring Equinox when the sun begins to regain it's strength in the Northern Hemisphere and the Earth awakens under it's rays with new growth and life.
Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
~Thomas Blackburn, An Easter Hymn
In our family study using the symbolism within nature to learn of Christ we see this as the time Christ (the sun/son) is growing strong under his Father bringing us the light which is knowledge, truth, hope, and of course our salvation. It's now that we prepare to go into the Easter season where we will witness Christ's crucifixion but not in darkness or with despair. We do not rejoice in his death but rather that he died and was reborn. As the Earth is warmed and awakened by the sun so are we warmed and awakened by The Son and his teachings and sacrifice for us. We are reborn through him.
Generally when we think of Spring we think of eggs and flowers and newborn baby animals; bright colors and pastels and all with good reason- Mama Earth is warming and life is springing from her. The theme for Spring even more so by nature itself than the theme of the man-made New Year is new beginnings and rebirth. As such it is the perfect time to start fresh, to be reborn in the year. This year Rob and I have made a resolution to live more righteously and fully. We are reborn in our commitment to a whole life.
BLESSED EQUINOX AND SPRING TIME TO ALL!