Our own Shawn spoke to us about the glory of springtime.

The spring equinox is March 20.  The light and the dark will be in balance, but for the first time in 6 months, the light will be increasingly more strong than the darkness.  The sun rises in the East and sets in the West.

Many ancient cultures noticed the balance of light and darkness, and marked the day as a special holiday. The goddess “Eostar” was the patron of spring, and this holiday came to be known as “Ostara.”  Bonfires were a frequent marker of the spring equinox. Jumping the fire sometimes a part of this ritual (ed. note:  see the movie Dancing at Lughnasa with Meryl Streep (1998))

In the natural world the heather and the crocus are in bloom.  The flowering trees rush to bloom in the unusually warm spring, the ancient trees are more wise and hold back.  Hibernation is ending and it is the mating season for much Ohio wildlife.

St Patrick’s day is coming with its sympathetic green coloring.  Everyone suddenly wants to think GREEN.

Things to do to honor the spring:

Appreciate nature.  Lean against a tree.  Watch a daffodil.  Take a walk and watch for buds on the trees.  Make a mud pie.  Put away the snow shovel.  Clean the windows.  Clean the light fixtures.  Clean the crystal.  Change from quilts to lighter blankets.  Make a sculpture of three twigs.  Go buy pansies.  Volunteer to babysit for neighbors and relatives.  Start a new project.  Memorize a poem.  Make a new friend.  Forgive an old grudge.  Make a new hat.  Honor the wind.  Celebrate Earth Day.  Celebrate Arbor Day.  Organize an egg hunt.

Announcements;  Next weekend is the church pot luck – St Patrick’s day pot luck, so bring something green (Betty requests that this dish not involve green jello.)   The Three Cranes Grove is having an Equinox celebration next Sunday.  Ohio Interfaith power and light are hosting an Earth Keeping Summit here in Columbus on March 31.  http://www.ohipl.org/?q=node/230.

We lit a candle for Betty’s daughter, Susan, for the kindness of neighbors, and for Emily J. who’s birthday is tomorrow.

The children’s story was :

Did You Hear Wind Sing Your Name?: An Oneida Song of Spring

And finally, Shawn read the lyrics to the song “Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain”

(Ed. note:  treat yourself to something glorious and go experience this song here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27p98aLPZPI)

Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

In the grave they laid him, love whom men had slain,
Thinking that never he would wake again.
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green,

Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain,
He that for three days in the grave had lain.
Quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
Thy touch can call us back to life again;
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

 

Spring's simplicity: Larkin's Twig