Spring draws us out of our dark hiding places into the light. Protected against the winter winds and, usually, bitter temps, we feel the warm breezes now pulling us out into the sun. And if you cup your ear and listen hard you can almost hear the crack of a baseball coming from Coors Field as the “boys of summer”” once again circle the bases. It is a time of awakening the spirit. Depressions lift, eyes lose their glazed look, life surges anew. The focal point of the new spring is always…. Easter. Known for various reasons it is the holiday that both heralds the spring and celebrates the emergence of Jesus from the tomb. One is celebrated because it simply IS. That is the snow melts, the birds sing, green shoots spurt out of the earth, and a new softness fills the air. The other is joyously celebrated by Christians around the world based on their faith that Jesus was crucified and then rose from the dead three days later. Whether true story or deeply held myth, it can bring hope to all who let in its lessons. How are you doing? Has the winter been kind to you? Are you ready to revel in the sunshine? Do remember that there are kind, loving people who make up the membership of UUCG. If you need support or just need to talk or create opportunities to support others, reach out. Stepping through our introverted nature and reaching out can feel great, both for you and the other person. You can see it as part of your personal Spring coming out party. I am also always available to talk with you about whatever is on your mind or your heart. My contact info is on the order of service each Sunday, and through the web site, or by calling Margaret at the UUCG number.
Look forward to seeing you Easter Sunday, and beyond!
Warm, warm wind, more wind, cold, snow, more snow, COLD, then warm again. Interesting cycle. Enough to give earthly support to the flu epidemic flooding us here in Colorado. We are always off balance this winter. We prepare ourselves for one weather system, then the other hits us from behind. Sickness follows. Think they’re related? How are you doing? Have you escaped this uncomfortable cycle? Are you well? Or have you been challenged to stay in balance? Balance, as you might guessed from the intro, is the theme for this month. It’s what we seek in life isn’t it have? The golden mean, the middle way. Living out the promises of life in a balanced way. It’s something we are all learning from womb to tomb. And it is always changing. What we lived as a balanced life in our 20’s is not the same as a balanced life in our 40’s and beyond. Our values and needs change from decade to decade.
Staying in balance is part of the work of the church of course. That is, helping each other to do so within the context of spiritual community is a core value.
Then there is the challenge of being in balance within systems. The big pictures. That takes the same love and honesty that our own individual efforts take. This month we will look at balance from a couple of different directions. One as current as this moment, the other a study of ancient ways aimed at this holy grail of human behavior.
“Come, come, whoever you are” and join us.
Rev. Barry Bloom
From the minister
A reflection on our theme each month.