14 Nov Spring has Sprung
Spring has Sprung
By Cathy Jenkins
Things are not always as they seem …
It’s Spring - and it’s 12 degrees! It’s a reminder, perhaps, that there are times when how things look and not necessarily how things are. It’s like the sparkling sunny day that brings a cold surprise when we go outside – it looked so warm! Or when a loved one smiles at us and then we look closely we see eyes that are full of unshed tears over a worry, a slight or a tightly held grief. Or juggling one super happy child while another is struggling at school. Or in the midst of preparing for a happy event we hear of a tragedy befalling one of our friends. Or … there are so many things.
This is one of the great mysteries of life – the ongoing juggle of happiness and sadness, joy and disappointment, love and loss. Our task, perhaps, is to learn how to live with hope in these times because much of our life is spent here.
John O’Donohue, the Irish poet and writer had a sense of this when he wrote about the holiness of each day: “We seldom notice how each day is a holy place. Where the Eucharist of the ordinary happens …” In this worldview the events of our lives are transformed from the ordinary into the extraordinary because God is present – in all the times.