Let Your Dreams Bloom

Welcome! While I take my daily walks, I see signs of spring everywhere. Robins hop through yards searching for worms. Red-tipped tree branches shake in the wind. Daffodils remind me that Easter is almost here.

Spring is a season of hope. Winter is the hardest season for me, because the nights are long and the days are gray. I need a lot of sunshine to keep my mood up. Walking outside instead of on a treadmill lifts my spirits, too.

Beauty awakens in spring. It lay dormant all winter. The flower buds were still there, but they were buried. Tree blossoms are still inside the buds; it just isn’t warm and sunny enough yet to push them out. But within a month God will paint the Atlantic community with chartreuse forsythia, lilacs and rosy flowering crab tree blossoms. These flowers will perfume the air and everything will seem fresh and new.

Maybe this spring is a time when you can start over, too. Maybe you have a goal you’ve put off all winter. It’s tempting to stay inside and procrastinate when it’s cold and dark out. Maybe this is the summer when you’ll start training for the 5K at the Jamestown Fair. Or maybe you’ll get out your old easel and start painting your impression of a sunrise over Conneaut Lake. Perhaps this is the time to dust off your guitar and start playing again. Or maybe this is when you’ll keep the promise you made on January 1 to read through the Bible in a year. It’s not too late. Let the daffodils encourage you to help your goals bloom.

Easter is less than two weeks away. Calvary United Methodist Church in Greenville is hosting one last Lenten lunch on Wednesday, April 5, at 11:30 a.m. Lunch costs $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. The special music will be provided by Jim Vasconi. The Reverend Rex Wasser of Calvary and First United Methodist Churches will speak. If you’re looking for a way to prepare your heart for Easter, consider stopping by.

Fallowfield United Methodist Church is hosting an old-fashioned hymn sing on Sunday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. I’ve attended several of these hymn sings. They’re very uplifting. People call out favorite hymns and we sing the first and last verse of the song. This lets us sing more hymns than if we sang all the verses. We’ve had quartets from other churches perform, and instrumental groups sometimes play a song or two. If you or your group would like to perform, please call Allen or Joyce Jacobs at (814) 382-3124.

Have a wonderful week. Blessings!