From the Desk of Pastor Jan ….. Burst Into Bloom!

Last spring, I found this purple crocus in the middle of dry leaves down from the porch where I lived. They are so wonderful, not only because of its colors (which is my favorite though ha, ha, ha ) but because of their design and how they were able to grow after winter and beneath those dry leaves. They were the first flowers I saw that naturally bloom from ground after that winter. For me, Crocus is a symbol of Hope. <!–split–>

Crocus, has been with us in the ancient days. In the book Isaiah 35:1-4 crocus was mentioned:

The desert and the dry land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom like the crocus.     2They will burst into bloom and rejoice with joy and singing. They will receive the glory of Lebanon, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the Lord’s glory, the splendor of our God.   3 Strengthen the weak hands and support the unsteady knees.          4 Say to those who are panicking: “Be strong! Don’t fear! Here’s your God, coming with vengeance;  with divine retribution God will come to save you.”

Seeing crocus bursting into bloom this spring reminds us of Isaiah’s hopeful message. Let us be strong and do not be afraid for our God is here with us. In celebration of springtime, let us rejoice and sing, for God’s glory is with us to make us burst into bloom after our winter hibernation. God will strengthen our weak hands and un-steady knees to be able to go and be a blessing, to be a symbol of hope to others, just like the Crocus. May we find Crocus to make us smile and be a Crocus to one another. Rejoice!