Author: The Rev. Dr. David Bridges, Priest
March 01, 2021

I went outside the other morning and thought to myself, “It feels rather springgy out today.” (I believe “Spring-like” would be grammatically correct) The sky was clear, the sun bright, and the oxygen-rich air smelled like nature was waking-up.

We are in the time of the year when the weather is a bit unpredictable, yet we can see the end of Winter. The Winter of 2020 was not too bad; until February hit. That was one heck of a freeze! It was unreal to see Grand Lake frozen-over.

We are also in the Christian season of Lent. I am reminded of the old saying, “It’s always darkest before dawn.” That’s how Winter and Lent make me feel. There comes a time when I no longer enjoy cutting wood and playing in the fireplace; keeping the house closed-up.

There also comes a time when I am tired of Lent. Experiencing the reminders of my sinful human flesh while quietly rejoicing (without Alleluias) that soon Lent will be over and it will be Easter! (April 4th this year)

As nature is renewed in Spring, our spiritual lives are renewed at Easter.  It is the principle feast and major celebration of the Christian year. Every Winter, nature enters a time of hibernation, to be revived each Spring. In that resting time, nature is still working, although undercover, so to speak.

During Lent we are in a sort of hibernation, not that our faith or spirituality are dormant, but we are invited to re-live our need for the Savior Jesus by re-enacting the time between the Baptism of Jesus and His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on what we know as Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday (March 28th this year).

Due to pandemic, we are living in a time that has been called, “the Great Re-Set”. We have learned to do things very differently. We have broken old patterns and created new ones. Nearly everything about our lives has changed; our homes, our workplaces (which are now, for many people, their homes), our shopping and dining experiences, and so much more.

This is an ideal opportunity to make ourselves over as we begin to see the end of the pandemic (at least that’s what many are saying). Part of our make-over should include some spiritual cleansing and awakening. Your prayer and study life are critically important parts of that awakening and renewal.

Choose a Daily Devotional guide that suits you. Break-out that dusty old Bible. Join me for the Daily Wake-up on facebook.com/standrewsgrove at 8:30am M-TH. Rekindle your relationship with your church, or go church shopping to find a church that suits you.

Be intentional about re-building, awakening, or strengthening your spiritual life in 2021. The results can be amazing!

Blessings and Peace to You All,
Fr. David+


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