Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.
My college town lay in the midst of wheat fields, the rich Palouse of southeastern Washington state. In my last year there I rented a small ramshackle house on the edge of town with two other students.
That year, my first year as a daily runner, the snow was heavy and the ice lingered on the farm roads out of town. So when the spring came at last, the green of the shoots spiking up from the dark earth was overwhelming. Just when it felt like the winter would never end, birdsong and greenness began to fill the air.
Our Easter celebration is coming. Easter is late on the calendar this year, but so, it seems, has been the winter. It is high time for the birdsong and the sun’s warmth—not a moment too soon.
Throughout Lent we have been focusing on our part of the relationship with God, the work we do in worship, in prayer and scripture reading, in forgiving and being forgiven. We have been tilling our soil, pulling weeds, watering and feeding the planted seeds. Now it is time to watch for the growth—to see how the sunlight brings forth the green, to have the story enacted for us, to see Love live and usher us into life as well.
Come and let Love lift you into life again this Holy Week and Easter. Our service schedule is here; make it your part to show up to worship during the week, beginning with Palm Sunday and continuing through the weekdays of Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.
Worship this week is full of drama, music, movement, darkness and light—far more than the ordinary. Come and let God do the work of bringing forth life from dark places.