I can’t help but have a bounce in my step at the moment. The sun is shining and Spring is in the air. It is such a privilege to have a job where I work with children every day. I never want to take this experience for granted. Children are filled with energy, hope and optimism. Their sincerity, curiosity and sense of wonder are such gifts, and each of us as adults need more of this enthusiasm for life. I understand what Jesus meant when He said;
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3). The Passion Translation refers to the “the wide-eyed wonder of a child” – how beautiful is this?
28th August is ‘Daffodil Day’ here in Australia. I love daffodils. For me, they represent the end of winter. Spring has sprung, the sun is shining, we have longer days and there is warmth in the air. Recently in our newsletter I wrote that “Winter is a season of recovery and preparation” (Paul Theroux) – but now we are on the cusp of Spring. Even with much uncertainty, we are entering a season of optimism, growth and hope. We must boldly fight for hope, and be determined, confident and intentional in working toward our ‘hopes’ for the future. Spring represents, for me, a season of having faith and believing that life will, (not might), bring many new possibilities. This week, I have been personally challenged by a powerful thought, which for me will become my 2020 Spring mantra;
We can’t accept God’s invitation to help create a new story unless we are willing to take action. We become partners with God when we act in unfamiliar, untested ways. Those new actions will be guided by a preferred future that embraces:
- resilience in place of growth
- collaboration in place of consumption
- wisdom in place of progress
- balance in place of addiction
- moderation in place of excess
- vision in place of convenience
- accountability in place of disregard
- self-giving love in place of self-centred fear
I would also add, relationships and respect in place of division.
As broken-hearted as God must be over what we have done to the gift of creation, God still has a dream… God dreams that humans seek spiritual rather than material progress. God’s dream envisions a just world at peace because gratitude has dissolved anxiety and generosity has eclipsed greed. God dreams of a time when love and mutual respect will bind humanity together, and the profound beauty of creation will be treasured. Let us embrace God’s dream as our own. Suddenly, the horizon of our hope comes nearer. As we live into God’s dream, we will rediscover who we truly are and all of creation will be singing. God’s Dream for Creation – Centre for Action and Contemplation
At Easter, we celebrated the resurrection life that Jesus brings. The season of Spring reminds us that now is the time to embrace the promises and benefits of a faith-filled, resurrection life.
I have already mentioned that today is Daffodil Day. As one of the first flowers of Spring, the daffodil symbolises rebirth and new beginnings, as well as hope for the future. I am mindful that we have families in our school community who have loved ones fighting an ongoing battle with cancer. My prayers are with you for good health, healing and a full recovery.
How about buying a bunch of daffodils this weekend for someone you know who is going through a tough time OR making a donation to the Cancer Council? Daffodil Day is a day to remember all those whose lives have been touched by cancer. It’s a day to honour them, and to invest in cancer research so we can ensure a cancer-free tomorrow comes sooner rather than later.
Let’s show our children that life is fabulous, that hope is not a vague sense of what we would like to see happen, but rather, hope is surety in Christ and the life that He gives. Hope is marked by determined action and courageous choices… may these things characterise our families and school community, where we embrace God’s dream as our own.