This is the Easter message, that awakening is possible, to the goodness of God, the sacredness of human life, the sisterhood and brotherhood of all. ~Anne Lamott
For I remember it is Easter morn, and life and love and peace are all new born. ~Alice Freeman Palmer
New beginnings! An awakening world. An awakening soul and spirit. Hope. The message of Easter–a light in my heart.
The desert is finally coming alive. The lovely ocotillo are beginning to bloom, and green has at last returned to the earthy palette. We’ve had no measurable rain for months and the desert is a serious drought. As I have been. For months, my soul has been parched, my spirit dry. As with the desert around me, I have lacked the sustenance I need.
In my case, I’ve neglected to feed my soul and spirit. In my misguided attempts to be “busy” and “productive” in my new state of retirement, I’ve taken no time for personal contemplation, no devotional reading, no time alone–all of which are vital to my inner well-being. I somehow figured if I wasn’t “doing” something, I would not be earning my keep as a stay-at-home retiree. Ouch–where did that guilt come from? a life of being defined by what I did instead of who I am?? (Maybe another post here?)
Instead of being productive, I allowed myself to completely run out of energy, motivation and hope. I allowed doubt and fear and mind-numbing fatigue to creep in and take over. I found myself accomplishing nothing at all.
Now it’s Spring–Easter has come. I invite newness and resurrection and growth into my being–to refresh and rejuvenate and replace the scarcity with abundance, hope and faith.