Dear Friends in Christ,
Pictures of flowers are dominating this issue of the Prism. We have a Fellowship Ministries outing to see 17,000 tulips on displayat the Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda Village. On Easter Day, we will be flowering the cross. At the end of the month, Yvonne will be leading a Flower Arranging Workshop, and then on May 4, we have our Spring Tea with spring flowers.
Spring is here and our church grounds are looking beautiful. Two weeks ago, I hosted the Interfaith Nevada County group of faith leaders, many of whom had never been to Sierra Pines, and they appreciated our daffodils and blossoming trees. As I walk around now, the remaining trees are full of buds with the promise of more blooms and leaves to come soon. They remind me of Jesus’ promise to his disciples that in three days he would rise, and the certain hope that we now have in resurrection and redemption for the world.
This Lent, as we have been considering what we need to let go of and what we need to cultivate in our lives, we have a ‘tree’ in church. We started by writing on fall-colored pieces of paper, those things that we wished to let go off, and then we folded the papers (thanks to AJ & Lauren) and hung them on the tree. Those ‘fall leaves’ then dropped from the tree as we let go of the things in our lives that we do not wish to cling to, and the tree then became a bare winter tree. We also wrote on spring-colored pieces of paper, those things that we wanted to cultivate; in the next few weeks, our tree will burst into color with ‘spring leaves’ and by Easter I know it will look wonderful. If the trees can let go and trust in a new life to come, then so can we.
Flowers and trees and gardens remind us of Christ as the gardener who met the women at the tomb on that first Easter morning. May we, like Mary, be able to say, “I have seen the Lord.” And may we then tell others of our faith, trusting that the seeds that are sown will in time blossom and bear fruit.
Let me leave you with two quotes to ponder:
“Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.” – May Sarton
“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” – Gertrude Jekyll
Have a blessed Easter!
— Pastor Joan