2.17.13 … Winter came yesterday afternoon at 4. And now spring is almost here …

“Solvitur Ambulando”  – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten Labyrinth Walks, Sardis Baptist Church, Lenten Devotional – North Avenue Presbyterian Church, Lenten Devotional –  First Presbyterian Church, Lenten Devotional – Henri Nouwen:
Why do winter storms more than any other storm make the world seem so clean. I worry about all that stuff in the sky that is now in our water system.
Anyway, it was absolutely gorgeous out today. I walked the labyrinth at Sardis Baptist Church.
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It was my first time to walk this labyrinth this Lenten  Season. There was a big bunch of daffodils in bloom over on one side … The sun shone through the leafless trees … It was 42°. I was fully anticipating a wonderful walk.
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I have been using the Lenten Devotionals provided by my childhood church North Avenue Presbyterian Church, my Charlotte church First Presbyterian Church and Henri Nouwen on-line devotionals …
From NAPC …
When the voice speaks in the cloud, it is only of Jesus that it speaks, “This is my Son, my chosen, listen to him!” (v. 34-35). Here Jesus is clearly identified to the disciples—Peter, James, and John—as the Messiah, the Son of God. He is to be followed, and listened to. The appropriate response of the disciples and all of us is “silence.” Listening to the awesome words of Jesus necessitates devotion and silence.
From FPC …
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the heavy cross for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the heavy cross for my soul!
American Folk Hymn, c. 1811
The Presbyterian Hymnal 1990, Hymn #
After reading this I pulled up a YouTube version of this hymn …
From Henri Nouwen …
Lent offers a beautiful opportunity to discover the mystery of Christ within us. It is a gentle but also demanding time. It is a time of solitude but also community, it is a time of listening to the voice within, but also a time of paying attention to other people’s needs. It is a time to continuously make the passage to new inner life as well as to life with those around us.
This Sardis Baptist labyrinth is very small,  and it is very easy to get lost while walking (in just about all weather and lighting conditions).  The brick pavers making up the path and the boundaries appear almost indistinguishable. So as you walk, you have to pay very close attention.
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Paying close attention, makes you “listen.”  and notice … I noticed for the first time that there’s a bird bath on one side. Also today to quite a few small sticks to come down and snowstorm as well as leaves creeping over to the outer pathway.
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It was beautiful walk.
Afterwards, John and I took a neighborhood walk.  The snow is almost gone … John commented, “Winter came yesterday afternoon  at 4.  And now spring  is almost here.”

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