We find ourselves just on the other side of the Vernal Equinox this weekend. Finally the sun has returned. The days now grow longer and the nights shorter. The Sun brings with it new growth, dawning light, rebirth, and renewal. We will soon be surrounded by the fecundity of Spring. For those who walk the wheel of the year as such, it is time for new projects and fresh beginnings. Spring cleaning is making its way onto many to-do lists for our homes. There is no reason not to consider these same ideas for our spiritual practice.
In last week’s message, we began to explore the idea of spiritual maturity. While most of us don’t think of ripeness as coming during the spring, it is a very apt metaphor in some ways. While it’s not the harvest time, the seeds and bulbs in the ground from last year have spent these dark, cold months waiting for the time to be right to burst forth into the world so that their beauty can be seen. The waiting is full for us as well. It is time for us to burst forth into the light of day and the light of spring with all our gifts.
This week we will look at another facet of spiritual maturity. We will explore what it means to walk that ripeness of spirit into the world in which we live. It will point us towards another gateway to compassion, and will invite us to find in our past, recent or distant, the invitation to bring beauty into the world. I hope you will join us there.
And, if you haven’t signed up but want to join us, there is room for more folks to meet and support the retired sisters at Oldenburg on Spa Day. If you want to be added to the list, email me and I’ll make sure Frank Z gets the word! These amazing women are wonderful mentors for a life leaning into the path of spiritual maturity. Their stories will make you laugh and maybe even cry. The light in their eyes will invite you home. There is much to be learned!
Blessings on your week,
P.S. I’ll be spending all day with 60-70 high school students on Saturday for IYG’s LGBTQ Youth Summit teaching them some self-defense and how to stand in their power. So glad to represent TCW and my dojo all at once! Please pray for these amazing and brave teens as they come together for a day of learning and fellowshipping.