Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rebirth, Renewal and Resurrection

spring song

By Lucille Clifton
the green of Jesus
is breaking the ground
and the sweet
smell of delicious Jesus
is opening the house and
the dance of Jesus music
has hold of the air and
the world is turning
in the body of Jesus and
the future is possible

Lucille Clifton, "spring song" from The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton.
Copyright © 1987 by Lucille Clifton.  Reprinted by permission of BOA Editions, Ltd.
   I confess my first reading of this poem by Lucille Clifton was last evening.  In fact,
I'd never even heard of Lucille Clifton until I came across this one work of hers.

   As I read the words, I was instantly reminded of the renewal we experience in these
first days of spring.  Of course, the renewal of the earth is pricking away at our

daffodils pushing up through the snow,

blue skies, high clouds and the sun breaking through,

trees long since appearing dead sharing new green leaves, and

the first dogwood blossoms opening before Easter.

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (NLT)

   Like the rest of God's creation, coming to life again in spring, we too have been given the gift of rebirth and renewal with the gift of God's Son, Jesus.

Sharing over at The Grace Cafe with Joan


  1. Hi Sherrey:

    I love spring time. It is a time of renewal, rebirth, awakening. Just last week, my husband and I were leaving Wal-Mart. It was after dark and the air was filled with a fresh fragrance. "It's the smell of spring," I told him.

    I am thankful for the Lord renews and restores us.

    Thank you for linking up.


  2. Ahhh, the sweet "smell of spring!" Don't you love it? Joan, I'm so glad I found your blog and that I've had the opportunity to post at The Grace Cafe. Not every week works with our schedule but when I can, I will. I love the gift of being able to share our thoughts with others. Who knows when we might make a difference?


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