We are still in Easter, and many of us are also experiencing spring. Although resurrection is not the same as seeds coming forth after a winter’s dormancy, it’s easy and appropriate to allow the newness of the earth to inspire ideas about new life in Christ. One mystic said it this way:
The beautiful season of flowers is finally here again!
Those with beautiful hearts
who are chosen to bear Love’s chains
also know this season of growing
spiritually as their steady trust-in-God
blossoms in their hands
into flowers and fruits of kindness.
They experience the Word of God
through their blooming spiritual trust.
They’re always friends with Love, and
that’s why they’re intimate with Tenderness.
—Hadewijch, Poems in Stanzas (in A Little Daily Wisdom: Christian Women Mystics)
- What causes trust-in-God to blossom? Is this growth something we can force, like hothouse plants, or must we wait on God’s own weather—or is it a combination of our effort and God’s grace?
- How do you know when you are witnessing fruits of kindness?
- “They’re always friends with love . . . they’re intimate with Tenderness.” Meditate on these phrases, and see where that leads.