As I write this the weather forecast is predicting colder temperatures later this week, and we’re being advised to find our ‘Winter Woollies’ once again! Some parts of the UK will even have snow – it would seem that Spring isn’t quite here yet.
However, I have been enjoying seeing the plethora of Spring flowers as I’ve been walking my dog, or driving around the area (I have to admit that these are mainly in other people’s gardens!). While all the colours are beautiful – yellow daffodils & primroses, purple & orange crocus – it is the white of the snowdrops that I favour. For me, the snowdrop is a symbol of hope for it shows that Spring is on its way and that the greyness of Winter will soon be behind us.
I have several books of readings from the community on the island of Iona. The following is from the collection of Lent & Easter Readings:
Into the dark world,
a snowdrop comes,
a blessing of hope and peace
carrying within it a green heart:
symbol of God’s renewing love.
Come to inhabit our darkness, Lord Christ,
for dark and light are alike to you.
May nature’s white candles of hope
remind us of your birth
and lighten our journey
through Lent and beyond.
This year Lent continues into Easter, but beyond it we will have the joy of celebrating Easter once again, and being reminded that the most significant hope is our Resurrection Hope.
An Easter Prayer
Risen Lord Jesus, as Mary Magdalene
met you in the garden on the morning
of your resurrection, so may we meet
you today and every day: speak to us
as you spoke to her; reveal yourself
as the living Lord; renew our hope
and kindle our joy; and send us to
share the good news with others. Amen.
Rev Beth Brown