Blooming in the Mud

After the austerity of Lent, Easter is characterized by a lushness and coming-alive-ness that, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, echoes the transformation that is going on outside us as winter gives way to spring.  The rhythm of the liturgical year observed by the church is a reflection of the rhythms and cycles in the natural world, and in our own emotional and spiritual lives, but of course the timing doesn't always line up.  And that's ok!  Sometimes there is a tendency to think that just because it is Spring, or just because it is…
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