Emily Belle Freeman



It Is Spring


It is Spring

And all around the world people are celebrating, each in their own way.  Lent is almost over.  Passover has begun.  Palm Sunday is behind us.  Each, in their own individual way, prepares their heart for the season.

It is Spring

And the blossoms have burst their winter cocoon, the daffodils have broken through the dark soil, and the Earth is new again.

It is Spring

And in the midst of darkness and despair and suffering, hope returns.

It had been four days. Four dark days.  Of weeping.  Of wondering.  Of asking why. "If thou hadst been here…" "If thou hadst been here…" And Jesus wept.  "If thou wouldest believe…" He plead with them, "thou shouldest see…"

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid.  And Jesus prayed, and the Father heard. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth." (John 11)

Come forth from the darkness. Come forth from the mourning, the sorrow, the anguish. Let the celebration begin…for hope has returned.

In those days Holy Week began with a reminder that hope can spring forth out of dark places.

Every Spring it is the same.

Still, He sends us His visual reminder.  "If thou wouldest believe…thou shouldest see."

Every year when Holy Week begins, from very dark places, come blossoms, and daffodils, and tulips.

A reminder.

Of life after death.  Of hope after despair.  Of Grace bursting forth from the darkness.

Oh, may our eyes be open to see the Hope that is before us.





Emily Freeman