Season of hope set to spring forth

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The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring- cleaning his little home.

There is something lovely, isn’t there, in the thought that Spring is around the corner?

Two months ago today, it was December 25, Christmas Day, in the depths of winter, and one month today, March 25, the Church will celebrate the moment when Mary heard the Angel Gabriel tell her she would give birth to the Son of God.

The number 25 is a special one. Did you know the smallest recorded writing in English was found on a postage stamp, where the Lord’s Prayer was written out 25 times?

Today – 25/2/15 – a week after Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, is perhaps a day like any other, but it does point to some pretty remarkable happenings AND surely Spring just about to begin is something to become excited about, just as Mole found out in that most wonderful of stories.

God’s little spring time is how Taize in France was referred to some years ago now by Pope Paul, when he described the centre for reconciliation between Christians of all shades, founded by a Swiss Reformed Pastor, Roger Schultz, in Burgundy, France, after the end of World War Two.

The hope was to bring people together…it did and it still does!

As the tender shoots of Spring appear and we begin to emerge from the darkness of winter, we need to proclaim the message of God’s ‘spring’, to honour God, realising the Lord’s Prayer is there to help us remember that we must forgive as we are forgiven, that we must pray to be delivered from evil and that we are here to give Glory to God…as people of all backgrounds and pasts offer their tomorrow to allow others to flourish, to make ‘spring’ a reality in every sense.

Spring, of course, just happens to lead us to Easter and Resurrection and Hope…for ever and ever, as the Lord’s Prayer says.