As Winter drags on, we look forward to the coming of Spring and a break from the snow, ice, and freezing rain. It has been a roller coaster ride of expectation. Each sunny day that reached into the 60s and melted the snow led us to believe that the seasons were finally changing. But then, the temperature would drop, the sky would cloud over, and we would get another couple inches of snow. And through it all, nature’s rhythms prod along. Each and every year the purple crocuses break through, announcing defiantly that Spring WILL arrive, brining renewed hope that everything is as it should be.
It is fitting that at this same time of year the purple of Lent breaks through the doubt in our otherwise routine lives, announcing defiantly that Easter too will arrive, bringing renewed hope that in our lives everything is as it should be.