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Springtime in my heart

Bringing a spiritual perspective to daily life

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While DEEPLY immersed in the barren gray landscape of winter, it's hard to imagine the beauty prepared to burst forth that lies just beneath the surface. Let the sun shine awhile, let the temperature start to rise, and suddenly the whole scene changes. That which was dull and lifeless is suddenly colorful and lush. In the language of the Bible, "Behold, all things are become new" (II Cor. 5:17).

For me spring brings a reassurance that is even more infinite in its beauty and scope than the most glorious spring day - the promise of God's ever-present love, ever active to renew and reinvigorate our lives.

At times our lives can feel like a winter day, dark and gray, with nothing hopeful evident. I found myself in a situation like this several years ago, and I was grateful to discover, even at such a time, God's love had already provided for a wonderful renewal.

The relationship between my husband and me was falling apart. We had two small children. I worked from the home and cared for them. My husband worked long hours to meet the expenses of the family. He had also gone back to school to complete a master's degree, so he wasn't around much, and when he was at home, we were both under so much stress that we argued frequently.

Meanwhile, I had been studying a book on spiritual healing, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," by Mary Baker Eddy, which talks about the action of God's love as the presence of angels. She described angels as "God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality" (page 581). She also explained, "These angels deliver us from the depths" (page 567).

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