|A gloomy view looking down the street of a snowy neighborhood
Last weekend, I watched General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The message I heard time and again was a call to follow Jesus Christ--to be loving and kind, and to spread peace, not contention. As last Sunday was Palm Sunday, and tomorrow is Easter Sunday, many references were made to the events of the week leading up to Christ's resurrection.
During the week, I learned of several individuals who are facing some challenges, including a tragic death of a baby. A friend's daughter is an aunt of the little boy. When I heard of his death, I thought of a General Conference talk from a past year, titled "Sunday Will Come." I have referenced this talk before when I've spoken at funerals. Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can cling to hope when all seems darkest. We can have peace in the knowledge that Sunday will come. Easter Sunday came after frightening days when the earth was in upheaval. We can trust that our own Sundays will come, when darkness gives way to light, when despair turns to hope.
The weather this past week echoed that message, just in time for Easter Sunday. The photo above was taken on Tuesday evening. By Wednesday afternoon, the sun was shining:
|A snowy hill is bright under a blue sky
And today (Saturday), the snow is melted from my yard (for the most part), and I was able to go outside without a heavy winter coat and see signs that spring is indeed coming!
|Rhubarb is starting to leaf out
|Peonies are also pushing their way out of the ground
Now I have hope that I might actually be able to plant my vegetable garden starts out next month, when theoretically at least, the danger of frost has passed.
|Lettuce and other seedlings growing indoors
I'm thankful this week for so many things: talking to friends and family, video chats, finding a good deal on something we had contemplated purchasing for a long time, birthday celebrations, visiting John's parents, making progress on long-overdue tasks (pruning the roses, for example), technology, the arrival of a book, new project ideas, John. . . .