I turned 66 years old last week. With winter lasting 6 months each year, I figure I have lived half my life (33 years) in a barren, leafless moonscape. Ah, dear old Minnesota! And yet, every spring, nature comes back to life. What apparently looks dead outside, is most certainly alive! The sap is running in the maple trees. Pussy willows are blooming. Cardinals are mak- ing their territorial cries. Robins are bouncing on the yard. And the most wondrous part is that new life emerges from seemingly breathless sources. There is
a word for this...viriditas. It means the greening of life from inside out. On Easter, not only is creation turning its eyes to the sun above, but we Christians turn our eyes to the Son above. What seems dead and defoliated in our lives can discover the spring of God we’ve been waiting for our souls. Viriditas... the greening of our spirits. We can breathe once again!
Easter motivates us to see greatness in someone maybe even before that person sees this greatness. Indeed, it’s a marvel to see greatness in others. And, equally marvelous to realize this greatness in our- selves! Let Easter inspire us all live to our full ca- pacity. After all, the word inspire derives from the same root as respiration. Easter makes us breathe. Dr. Seuss said it best when he wrote that there is no one more “you’er than you.” So, go out there this Easter season, and breathe! Allow God to help us grow to the full measure of our being.
Easteringly yours, Pastor Gary