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Dear Friends,

All around us, spring is making itself known – despite the fact that according to the calendar it is still winter. Along the roadsides, Bradford pears are in full bloom. In my own garden, the early cherry and the star magnolia drip in blossoms. Tender plants, such as the little hydrangea I planted last spring, are beginning to break dormancy and leaf out.

All of those signs of life are encouraging, but they also are cause for fear. If the inevitable late freeze hits, that hydrangea may not only get nipped by the cold – it might actually be killed.

It strikes me as appropriate that we move through the season of Lent during this “in-between” season of the year. Lent, like the natural world around us, offers glimpses of warm, life-giving spring while at the same time revealing the cold barrenness of the fading winter. I find these changes of season can sometimes serve as a metaphor for my own Christian walk. There are times when my relationship to God and my experience of community is warm and life-giving.  And there are times when God can seem distant, the community silent, and all is cold and barren.

Moving through Lent as we move from winter into spring reminds us that the cold winter days will give way to the warmth of spring. Those barren days will once again be filled with light and joy. We do not arrive at the glory of Easter resurrection without first experiencing the darkness of the cross.

My prayer for you during the waning days of Lent is that you will discover moments of brilliance and light in the midst of all that seems dark. In the words of poet Ted Loder, may God hold us in this Lenten time so that we might truly experience the life of Christ.

With Lenten prayers,

Terri

Providence Presbyterian Church
4000 Highway 153
Greenville, South Carolina 29611

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