I’m winding down my visit with my mom. It has been a good trip, and I’ve stayed longer than I have in quite some time. I’ve had the chance to catch up with old friends and see some of my family that I haven’t seen in a long time. Of course, these experiences remind me of just how far away I live. 🙁
This time of year, the lemon trees in my mom’s back yard are in full bloom. If you’ve never experienced this scent, it’s really quite beautiful. I picked up on it as soon as I got out of the car the night I arrived, and I’ve enjoyed sitting in the back yard breathing in the sweetness each day.Sitting on the patio in the mornings and afternoons has been really relaxing for me. It’s not quite time to break out the lounge chairs in Maryland, so I haven’t yet had the chance to indulge in this, one of my favorite pastimes. Soon.
Well, I’m sure you’re asking where I might be heading with all this. When it’s all said and done, this trip has been rather therapeutic for me. Most of all, I’ve had the chance to enjoy some quiet time, which hasn’t been available much lately.
I know we are all busy, and now Holy Week will be upon us in a few days. Maybe we can each take a little breather during those days and focus on the things that matter. Hopefully, the weather will be nice and we can get out and enjoy God’s grandeur waiting outside our doors. Certainly, we can use these Holy Days as a time of prayerful reflection.
It’s no coincidence that Easter comes in spring. The darkness of winter gives way to the bright and warm days of spring. Death gives way to Life. Certainly, something to look forward to.