Urban Garden Denver Blog

Significance of spring

Spring truly is the best gardening season — the hope, the promise, the wonder of the tiny bulbs that are blooming. In mid-summer we are jaded by the abundance of bloom, so tiny flowers are not as significant. But in spring, the smallest crocus or snowdrop is a celebration.

It is no coincidence that spring is also a spiritual season. The etymology of  “Lent” is actually the Middle English term “lente” which meant springtime. In the journey from winter to Easter, we have the opportunity to see the hidden joys come to life in nature. But we also yearn for this same life in our souls.

My sister's deck in Seattle

It is a fragile, tentative season. Today’s warmth brought forth crocuses, dwarf iris, miniature daffodils and more pansy blossoms, but the wind and snow and cold can also quickly invade the spring. Yet we cling to hope, because without hope we are left in existentialism and meaninglessness.

And in spring we plant. This is the time to start pea seeds which are hardy enough to survive and even thrive in the spring storms. And the act of planting is one of hope and faith, of new life coming from the dirt.

Tomorrow I will go to a funeral to support a family I know. Even as they grieve, they celebrate the birth of a new child in their extended family this week. Winter and spring, Lent and Easter, planting and hoping.

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  1. * Beth K. Vogt says:

    And that’s the paradox: grief alongside hope . . . but I am thankful that I live in a world that encompasses hope because of Emmanual, God with us.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago

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