Dear Sacred Heart Family,
Our family had a great surprise for Mother’s Day with one of my sisters announcing that she was expecting her second child. The 10th grandchild will be joining the Koenigsknecht clan right around Thanksgiving of this year. That kind of news trumps any other Mother’s Day present!
While I was home for my day off this past week I was able to see one of my favorite spring time events- the cows being let out on the pasture after the winter months of being confined to the yard. They are a picture of joy that never gets old- running, bellowing, frisking and kicking their tails in the air. It is a scene the prophet Malachi references for the joy that comes from following God and His ways, of the confidence found living under His protective care: Malachi 3:20 “But for you who fear my name, the sun of justice will arise with healing in its wings; and you will go out leaping like calves from the stall”.
The world of spring time in is meant to shout out a reminder of God’s presence and providence. That just as the world and the universe in all its immensity is ordered so He can bring order to what can be at times a chaotic life.
Spring time, Eastertime is an invitation to lean into our Father’s loving care. There is a beautiful old Hymn that captures this reality much better than I can: “I sing the mighty power of God” by Issac Watts.
I sing the mighty pow’r of God, that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at His command, and all the stars obey.
I sing the goodness of the Lord, who filled the earth with food,
Who formed the creatures through the Word, and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye,
If I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky.
There’s not a plant or flow’r below, but makes Thy glories known,
And clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care;
And everywhere that we can be, Thou, God, art present there.
Of this song I think the verse that captures the greatest nugget of truth is the last line: “While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care; And everywhere that we can be, Thou, God, art present there.” This Easter time be reassured of Jesus’ presence with you. Be amazed at the world coming to life around us and simply ask Jesus to bring that new life into your own.