Walking with Spring in my Step

Dogwood

The 2011-2012 winter that never was gave way to a summer-like spring.

See my musings about the winter that wasn’t: Without Winter Can There be Spring?

Dogwood

We have been blessed with numerous summer weather days and lots of sun.

Flowering Crabapples

Unseasonably warm really does apply to our spring weather. (I’ve never understood the use of “unseasonably” by meteorologists when they say in summer it is unseasonably hot or in winter unseasonably cold – meaning extremely – because those are the seasons when it is hot and cold).

Dogwood

Our unseasonable weather came to an unreasonable halt: temperatures plunged below freezing last night.

Daffodil

Which is why yesterday afternoon I thought I would go out and see the spring flowering display at the Cox Arboretum before the freeze set in.

Flowering Crabapple orchard

Good weather is a good excuse for a walk.

Crabapple blossoms

A walk is a good excuse for taking the camera.

Flowering Crabapple

Take time to stop and smell the flowers.

Occasionally the sun seems to do something funny with what we see.  It is a joy to be God’s guest in His creation.

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Turtles enjoying the Sun

You can view all of my photos from my visit to the Cox Arboretum at Cox Arboretum 3/26/12l.  Just click on the Slideshow button above the thumbnail photos to start the slide show and see the photos full sized.

 

Fasting: Freedom from the Dictatorship of Self

“Lent is the liberation of our enslavement to sin, from the prison of ‘this world.’ And the Gospel lesson of this last Sunday (Matt. 6:14-21) sets the conditions for that liberation. The first one is fasting – the refusal to accept the desires and urges of our fallen nature as normal, the effort to free ourselves from the dictatorship of flesh and matter over the spirit. To be effective, however, our fast must not be hypocritical, a ‘showing off.’ We must ‘appear not unto men to fast but to our Father who is in secret.’ The second condition is forgiveness – ‘If you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.’ The triumph of sin, the main sign of its rule over the world, is division, opposition, separation, hatred. Therefore, the first break through this fortress of sin is forgiveness: the return to unity, solidarity, love. To forgive is to put between me and my ‘enemy’ the radiant forgiveness of God Himself. To forgive is to reject the hopeless ‘dead-ends’ of human relations and to refer them to Christ. Forgiveness is truly a ‘breakthrough’ of the Kingdom into this sinful and fallen world.” (Fr. Alexander Schmemann, Great Lent, pg. 28)