Vernal Equinox Blessings
A Vernal Equinox gathering was held yesterday on the farm. It was a sunny, windy afternoon. Winter has ended but during that cold season the invisible workers underneath the Blackland Prairie soil have been busy – decomposing dead leaves - mysteriously creating nutrients that wait for the moment when more light is made possible.
Yesterday we begin to see that possibility. And so we joined with Earth and all of creation:
· in welcoming the promise of spring.
· in crossing a threshold into a new time – a time of light, of renewal and new growth.
· in rejoicing at Spring’s reminder that after death comes rebirth. Always.
While the Light of the Sun which warms the earth is here, we recognize that there is more Light needed in this world and in our very lives. Through the music of Christopher Grundy, we invoked God's help in this transition into a new season as we seek More Light.
More Light that brings more truth, more Beauty, Peace, Justice, Kindness, and Compassion.
Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me won’t walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Before Jesus began his ministry, he went to the river to be baptized. The season of Lent is traditionally a period of baptismal preparation – or renewal of our baptismal covenant. The colors for the season are purple and blue, reflecting the deep, dark, watery depths of these waters. There is a newly discovered spring of water on the farm. It was here all along but we did not know it. It is clean – pure with no contaminants - and it comes from a very deep source.
We come to the water – to pray – to seek the Light of Life and to be channels of its Truth – for the sake of the world, each other, and ourselves. After a ceremony at this "new" spring, we enjoyed a Potluck in the Pavilion with Farmer Rodney's chili (made with beef from Prairie Farmstead in Sherman). At the table, we got to know each other better and engaged in a discussion on the challenges of food insecurity in our area. McKinney Roots was lifted up as a non-profit group that is doing good work in this area. For Rev. Sarah's birthday this month, our friends raised $660 to support their efforts.
As we enter this season called Spring, this season of new growth and pure potential, we ask God's help in our choosing the right seeds to plant in the soil that has been prepared – and to recognize what seeds may have been incubating and are ready to be fed by a deep source - the well of salvation.
Blessings on the remainder of our Lenten journeys. May we feel the increased warmth of the Light that warms the earth as we seek to be channels of God's Truth. Even in the midst of the rain that is falling gently on the pasture today, it is coming. Can you see it? Here she comes.
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, doo da doo doo
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right
At Sister Grove Farm, we are growing and raising a diversity of plants and animals for food and beauty in such a way that the land is healed along with all who visit and live here.