I can’t believe it’s the end of March and the final stretch to Easter Sunday. Time is passing so quickly it seems these days. Spring came up early in my opinion. Obie and Ramona also seemed a bit flummoxed by an early spring. Our grass is growing rapidly and buds are on the trees. I do enjoy springtime in all its glory. Ramona recently turned three years old. Supposedly in dog years that’s twenty-one. The past week I have been noticing some more “adult-like” dog behavior out of her. Ken thinks I’m whacky! She seems calmer when people come to visit and she’s responding to scolding quicker to adjust her behavior. She does still get her crazy head on when she thinks it’s time for us to go to bed. She also runs like a freight train in the yard when I come home. I like to think this is her joyful expression of my arrival home every evening. She certainly puts a big smile on my face each time she joyfully runs her figure eights.
Spring is associated with so many JOYFUL things in life and animals as well as adults respond accordingly. We find joy in the end of winter, joy in new growth, joy with flowers blooming and insects buzzing, joy with the birds returning, nesting and full of song, joy in spring break, joy in daylight savings and the return of warmer days, joy in the rain. Somehow spring always gets me more motivated to clean in the yard, prepare the garden, and thoroughly clean our home. I don’t seem fatigued like I get in the winter. Thank GOD for SPRING!
Spring also brings the season of Lent, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and the journey of Christ. Although Good Friday symbolizes Christ’s crucifixion, we know that isn’t the end of the story. JOY comes on Easter Sunday when we celebrate the RISEN CHRIST. I wish all of you a joyous HOLY WEEK and that you will celebrate our RISEN LORD with your church family this Sunday, Easter in all its JOYFUL glory!
Christ is Risen Indeed,