The Weaving Grows …
Somehow in the course of the month of March we will go from the middle of Lent, through Holy Week and then to our Easter Celebration. Throughout this journey, we will also witness the spring bulbs and flowering trees become alive with buds and blossoms. The crocuses have already been blooming for weeks and the early daffodils are greeting us with their cheery yellow flowers. It all is happening so fast, the challenge is to slow down a bit and settle into this season of Lent and spring flowers to let them speak to us.
One of the ways I try to slow down in this season is to spend a bit more time in devotional reading. This morning I picked up a book that has been lying around the house for well over a year called Yosemite Mediations for Women. It is a beautiful book with stunning photography of Yosemite and quotes by women — which can also be read by men. The quote that has stayed with me is the following.
If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love,
then the world will indeed become a garden
where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow.
I am struck by the reminder that I can often make life too complicated and have too many goals when the one that really matters is living a life sharing God’s compassion and love. I am not saying that other personal goals do not have their benefit, but we can allow ourselves to get consumed by the goals of things like a perfectly clean house and our to do list getting completed every day. If our main goal is to live out of love and compassion, then the other goals in our life will find their fulfillment as we focus on sharing God’s love.
I also take with me the visual reminder that has I see each new flower or tree blossom throughout the months ahead ~ from the crocuses to the fall mums to poinsettias and Christmas cactuses ~ to ask myself, “Am I continuing to remember and live out the goal of compassion and unconditional love. Am I sharing God’s grace in such a way that others are able to bloom, grow and thrive.”
It is interesting how this quote fits into our next three worship themes for Lent: Turning to Repentance, Turning to Grace, Turning Towards Extravagant Love. I am left pondering for today how repentance and grace will lie the foundation for living out God’s compassion and love.