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Wednesday Wonderings

Glimpses of Spring ~ Glimpses of the Kingdom

It seemed so close this past weekend. I thought Spring had arrived – milder temperatures, sun, melting snow, mud… and then, a chillier night talk of snow reminded me that Spring is not quite here.
I like Winter, too, yet some of the dreary, cold days make me wonder if Spring will ever arrive. So, as we approach mid-March and April I get excited about what is coming next. When glimpses of Spring occur I start to get hopeful about baseball, t-shirts and flip-flops, and outdoor picnics.
I find it easy to hope for Spring when the sun is shining and the temperatures warm. I struggle when the cold and ice return, and that is when I need to discipline myself to make time to be aware. I don’t always take time to notice the crocus coming out of the snow or to listen to songs of the birds. Yet when I do, I am reminded that Spring is coming.
It reminded me of hearing the news and observing people. Sometimes the news can cause us to wonder if there is anything good at all happening in the world around us – we can feel dreariness and gloom hover in our hearts and thoughts as we wonder, “Will it always be like this? Will God’s promise of peace on earth and restoration of creation ever occur?”
And this is when observing people can provide glimpses of the goodness of God’s kingdom. We can get glimpses of God’s kingdom as people speak kind words, work for justice, feed the hungry, visit the sick and dying, hang out with youth, and love those who are outcast (either by society, organized religion or both).
Yes, I will acknowledge that sometimes observing people can lead us to feeling more discouraged than before, but we need to hold this in perspective. And those are like the days on the verge of Spring when the cold front returns and we wonder if Winter will last forever.
Part of the mystery of Christian faith proclaimed when celebrating communion and in reciting the Apostles’ creed is that Christ will come again. We do not know what this will look like entirely, nor do we know when this will occur, but of this we can be sure – every day we get a wee bit closer.
Glimpses of the kingdom remind us that we do not live in vain, and they can provide hope to get us through the times when we feel gloom hovering in our hearts. Sometimes these situations are obvious, and sometimes we need to make an effort to find the spaces to glimpse the kingdom as it breaks into our reality here and now.
Do you have a favorite sign of the coming Spring? Where are other areas you have noticed Spring coming?
What is your favorite sign of God’s Kingdom coming? Where have you noticed this lately?


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Suisse Replique Montres on Thursday, May 12, 2016 11:06 PM
So, as we approach mid-March and April I get excited about what is coming next.
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www.ukchristianlouboutinmall.co.uk on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:26 AM
This is when observing people can provide glimpses of the goodness of God’s kingdom.
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Anonymous on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:26 PM
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essaysmama.com on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:27 PM
Among all the other seasons I prefer spring because it gives me warm feelings. It might be because of the fact that I can get to see the dead plants becoming lively again in full charm and bloom. And it makes me want to wait for the spring.
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