April 11, 2011

Last year, I wrote a post titled:  Spring is Emerging!  In that post, I talked about thankful I was to see signs of spring after months of winter.  
A long winter is not something that I am used to.  In Louisiana, our winters were brief and very mild.  Often, by February Spring was at its fullest bloom with Azaleas blooming everywhere.  Our winter landscape always had trees with leaves on them, winter flower in bloom, and some green still in the grass, shrubs, and trees.  Here in Georgia, though, our winter landscape can be define by one word…GRAY.  The colder weather that keeps us indoors most of winter really gets to me after awhile.  It is not until I see the signs of spring that I realize how much the winter affects me.  
 Photo courtesy of Ashley
All of a sudden, though in March, amidst the barren trees and brown yards, signs of spring emerge, and my spirits instantly  lift as we find not only weather that keeps us outdoors, but also beautiful colors emerging. 
My sister-in-law, Ashley, took this picture that captures Emerging Spring for me:  Two beautiful Robin eggs nestled amongst the winter Violas. 
This picture captures that gratitude my heart feels for what lies ahead:  new life slowly evolving to the full bloom of summer!  Another Mesa Moment for me!  I hopefully await for new life not only in our physical world, but also in our personal lives.  
What signs of new life are in your life? What is emerging?
Has God given us a spring moment in our life that surprised us?
As we emerge from our winter hibernation, what do we look forward to and pray for?
What is the grace we seek in this new season of our lives?

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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