Yes, I know it is February and NYC has only had one snow storm… but that one storm gave us more snow than we usually get in an entire year! So you can understand my frustration that it is snowing again today… and perhaps will continue to snow off and on for the next three or four days! While we are only expecting a few inches total, it’s a few more inches than I want. And it’s a huge reminder that we are still in the heart of winter.
But last Sunday morning, between the church and the rectory, I snapped this picture of a different type of snow… a snow-drop! And it gave me a promise that spring is not too far away no matter what today’s weather might bring.
Wednesday, we’ll get another hopeful sign of spring: Lent begins!
I’m leading a small group of friends that will be meeting several times in February and March. The group will focus on Psalm 51 and, particularly, the Hebrew word “hesed” or “loving kindness.”
Hesed is a quality of God – it’s God’s loving kindness that promises spring will always follow winter, that new life will alway grow after a dormant period. And, this year, I think it melds beautifully with the meaning of another, more typical, Lent word: repent. The meaning of repent is “to turn around” – when we repent we turn away from everything else so we can turn toward God.
And what we are turning toward is God’s hesed, God’s loving kindness! I invite you to join me this Lent in experiencing God’s loving kindness toward us all – and then sharing your own loving kindness with those you meet!