A Change of Seasons
Then he told them a parable: ‘Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. Luke 21.29-36
Last year I hopefully planted a package of mixed seeds just to see what would happen. Several plants came up, but the only ones that bloomed were nasturtiums, beautiful and edible. This year the nasturtiums did not return but this tall green hollyhock did, and it grew taller and taller until yesterday when the blossoms opened, and now they are opening profusely.
You can imagine how surprised I was to read the gospel line above this morning on the Summer Solstice, and to see for myself that summer is not only near, but here!
The cycle of the seasons is such an essential reminder of our lives and our journeys. The seasons always change (more noticeable in some parts of the world than others!), the leaves always die, and they always come back.
One of the greatest season changes right now for most of the world is the season of moving out of pandemic mode and into some level of normalcy.
How is it going for you? What has changed and what remains the same? Where are seeds planted last year growing and prospering? Where are plants that bloomed last year gone with no trace?
The big question of the day is how does it feel to know that scripture marks this season change so perfectly on this the summer solstice??? Scripture is such a living document, and this is the perfect reminder. That's why I can't wait to get up every morning and read the Daily Office and see what wonderful message God has in store for me.
Happy Summer Solstice!