Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring is almost here!

Colorful spring garden
Finally the snow has melted and the days are becoming pleasant again.  Today our weather forecast is predicting a high of 75 degrees- the warmest temperature since last October!   After two snowstorms in a month, I am ready for spring!  For farmers and gardeners, spring is a busy time- time to till the soil and sow seeds for the autumn harvest.  Living in the city, I don't really feel the ebb and flow of planting and harvest (except when shopping for strawberries in winter!) like many in more rural areas.

I purchased a copy of the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom in English for my Kindle last week and was able to listen to it in its entirety on a slow night at work.  One of the prayers goes like this:

Deacon: For seasonable weather, abundance of the fruits of the earth, and peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord. 

I realized that often in our modern world we are so removed from the soil that we forget to ask (and be thankful for) good harvests and temperate weather.  But if you like to eat, this is a very good prayer!

This week is a "Week of Hope"  I hope to share some really neat stories about how lives are being changed through Seeds of Hope, a program of Mission Without Borders.  I've been reading so many good reports about this program and studies about the importance of childhood nutrition.  Pray for good harvests all around the world- especially for the most vulnerable!

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