Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s on the Lake,
I hope you are all doing well! I think I say this every week, but it is hard not being able to see everyone. With the loosened restrictions, I have been able to go back to my parents’ place for my day off again. We had a belated Easter celebration since I wasn’t able to come home for Easter. I was there to help finish tearing off and re-shingling the house. It felt really good to get some work in with my family on a couple of beautiful days.
Despite the continuing lockdown, it is so refreshing to see the world around us coming to life. Spring is a sign of the providence of God: just as the world is sustained and cared for by God, so are our lives. Here are a few of my favorite verses from Psalm 65 that meditate on His loving care.
You visit the earth, give it water;
you fill it with riches.
Your river in Heaven brims over
to prepare the grain.
And thus, you provide for the earth:
you drench its furrows;
you level it, soften it with showers;
you bless its growth.
You crown the year with your bounty.
Abundance flows in your pathways;
in pastures of the desert it flows.
The hills are girded with joy,
the meadows clothed with flocks.
The valleys are decked with wheat.
They shout for joy; yes, they sing! (Psalm 65:10-14)
I love the imagery of this psalm and the memories I have connected to those spring and summer rains falling on a newly planted crop and then seeing them begin to grow. Truly, it is an experience of seeing God’s river in Heaven brimming over and caring for the earth. During this spring, take some time to marvel at the goodness of God taking shape all around us.
This helps us realize that He cares for the earth, but even more that He cares for each one of us. Jesus put it this way: “Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7)
This springtime, may we realize God’s great care and interest in each one of us. The question for springtime is to ask the Lord what He wants to nurture and grow in us. Spring is a time for planting gardens. (As you read this, there are cups of dirt all over the rectory in which Dan LaCroix is sprouting Basil to plant later this spring.) The garden God is most interested in planting and caring for is us, our hearts and lives. What is the seed that God wants to see grow in you? These days, realize you are loved and cared for! Be open to what God wants to see grow in you!