The Heart Knows Best
Most of us look forward to what Spring will bring. It is much like receiving a gift. Bern Williams comments that very likely the day the Lord created hope was probably the same day God created Spring. As we write, the beauty of the blossoms begins to surround us. This includes the beautiful fields near us. What a gift from God.
Early in the morning, delicate colors can be seen in many directions, painted in the sky with all its delicate beauty. We are encouraged to welcome and to believe that the coming day will bring peace and joy, and maybe something new. Much later, when day is done and shadows are beginning to come upon us with their own pictures, the western sky is breathtaking with all its color, delicately inviting us to contemplation.
In prayer we come to realize that we are close to God without trying. We may even come in touch with our own beauty and goodness.
I find myself giving thanks to God, aware that our current Spring will not last long on the outside. However, I know that the effects of my inner life will continue and increase in my heart.
Emily Dickinson’s poem keeps returning to us. It comes back to us every year around this time. Allow me to meditate and share.
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life in aching,
Or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
Dear God, grant us tenderness that we may give it to others where needed.
Mary Jo Loebig, O.C.D.