Anticipation

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Much of the joy of spring is in the anticipation that sprouting things bring…

Life springs up everywhere bringing hope of great beauty and fruitfulness to come..

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strawberries!

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plums

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apples…

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…a pair of pears

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and of course, cherries…

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It is a time too of watching for the ‘foxes’ that can spoil the vineyard just when it is in fullest bloom. Stealthy deer munch unseen on tender cherry leaves.  Caterpillars creep with devastating steadiness.  Slugs search out emerging seedlings.  Grass threatens to choke out the strawberry patch…

There is great hope and great hazard in the springtime, but flowers dance and birds sing blissfully unconcerned… even while the gardener makes her rounds to secure their well-being…

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This is the delight of spring—this confident anticipation of good things to come.

–LS

“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God….And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies…” Rom.8:19-23

‘And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.  But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body…’ I Cor.15:37-8

“Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” I Cor.15:49

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