Over the past few weeks I have been reflecting on the great diversity within God’s creation. When we look at a wonderful garden we see a unified picture of beauty. Yet that unity is created from the coming together of a wide range of plants and colour. It is sustained by diverse biological processes, the activity of insects/ birds/ animals and humans.
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The arrival of spring marks the end of the cross-country season in the running calendar. Right through the winter, runners meet up to tackle tough, muddy terrain, battling all the elements British weather can throw at them. All this, and everyone competing is doing it voluntarily.
It's an exciting time on the farm, the ewes are very heavy with lambs now, their former canter across the field to greet us has given way to a more sedate slow motion waddle, those with triplets and quads in store bring up the rear like battleship cruisers emerging out of the morning mist, wide and low in the water with a precious cargo.
Here is love, vast as the ocean, Loving kindness as the flood...
In John 12 v 1-11 we encounter Jesus, six days prior to Passover, visiting close friends in Bethany to enjoy a dinner given in his honour. In the wake of Jesus’s radical teaching and miracles of deliverance and healing, including Lazarus’s resurrection, he left both convicted new believers but also further fuelled the discomfort and opposition of the religious leaders.
I have just come indoors from wandering around my garden. The snowdrops are out, the winterflowering heathers are pinky-red and leaves of crocuses and daffodils are emerging. It is spring again! It is time to complete winter pruning and start sowing seeds indoors for summer glory.