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Promise of Easter and Spring is HOPE
We live in a wonderful but deeply wounded world that is at times uncaring, unforgiving, cruel, and devoid of second chances. Easter and Spring offer the assurance that the many difficulties and challenges that threaten to overwhelm us will be overcome. We should allow ourselves to share in the sense of hope which is one of the most important messages this wonderful season has to offer– the others being peace, forgiveness, atonement, renewal, and healing.
“Let me seek, then, the gift of silence, and poverty, and solitude, where everything I touch is turned into prayer: where the sky is my prayer, the birds are my prayer, the wind in the trees is my prayer, for God is all in all.”-Thomas Merton
"I walk with beauty before me;
I walk with beauty behind me;
I walk with beauty above me;
I walk with beauty below me;
I walk with beauty all around me;
Your world is so beautiful, O God."-Navajo prayer
"Heaven is my father and earth is my mother,
and I, a small child, find myself placed intimately between them.
What fills the universe I regard as my body;
what directs the universe I regard as my nature.
All people are my brothers and sisters; all things are my companions."- Zhang Zai (1020–1077)
Dear Friends of the GCGI,
As the season of Easter begins across many countries around the world, we at the GCGI, extend season's greetings and our best wishes of love, peace, renewal and hope to you all.
At this beautiful time of the year, flowers and blossoms are blooming, birds are singing, butterflies are dancing, and the days are getting brighter and longer. What better way to sing the praises of Spring’s arrival than to read beautiful poetry. Here are two poems we would like to share with you: One from Hopkins and the other from Wordsworth: Celebrating the joyous Spring with Hopkins and Wordsworth
One hundred years ago, on the official first day of spring, the Anglo-Welsh war poet and naturalist Edward Thomas set off from Clapham Common in London to cycle and walk to the Quantock Hills in Somerset. The record of his journey, called In Pursuit of Spring, became a nature-writing classic, telling of exuberant chiffchaffs and house martins, daffodils and cowslips in full flower and "honeysuckle in such profusion as I had never before seen"... ‘In Pursuit of Spring’
And now for those who are interested to read a bit more about Easter from a Christian perspective, we recommend the following links The Promise of Resurrection and Discovering the Presence of God in Nature
“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” –Martin Luther
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy Easter,
Enjoy the beautiful and inspiring nature and springtime,
Kamran and Annie