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2017 May message

Amrita Chaturvedi, who describes herself as a “spare time writer and art lover,” posted this proverb on www.quora.com:

“April showers bring May flowers,
That is what they say.
But if all the showers turned to flowers,
We’d have quite a colorful day!”

Since we had a showery and warm April - some of us have already cut the grass several times - let’s bring on the May flowers! That’s what my mom would have been saying about now.

She had flower beds in the front yard, the backyard and everywhere in between. If dad hadn’t insisted on having his patches of grass to cut, the whole place would have grown up in daisies.

Prominent this time of year was a lilac bush on the side of the hill upon which our little two-story house was built. The Common Purple Lilac (Syringa Vulgaris) is described by www.naturehills.com as “the most popular lilac variety. It provides fantastic spring color every year without fail.

In the spring, your Lilac will burst into bloom. Lovely clusters of lavender flowers sit against dark green, heart shaped leaves, and the fragrance is just delightful. These plants are so aromatic butterflies and hummingbirds find them irresistible.

Although it’s been recreated for perfumes and candles, nothing compares to the scent of fresh Lilac. The fragrance is captivating; literally spring will be in the air for weeks, if not months.”

Unfailingly, year after year, right before our eyes (and noses), mom’s lilac bush brought these words from scripture to life: “For behold the winter is past; the flowers appear on earth, the time of singing has come.” (Song of Solomon 2:11-12)

The blooms from mom’s lilac bush decorated our home, the homes of our relatives and the gravestones of our dearly departed. I was recently asked how many of my Lorain County family members still remain. Out of all those aunts and uncles and cousins, I could only name one cousin.

After a brief moment of missing them and the sadness that goes along with it, came a happy and joyful moment of knowing that they are all together in a place where spring is in the air forever.

Don’t let this season get away from you without fully appreciating and enjoying its sights, sounds and smells. These represent not only the spring that is here and now, but the eternal spring to come with its most fantastic colors and delightful fragrances.

Then go and share the Good News of this Easter season: That “no eye has seen nor ear heard what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

Rev. Mark Katrick