Spring Thaw

TODAY’S LAUGH: Those of us in snow country know what the spring thaw brings. Piles of dirty snow melting away revealing…um, piles of dirty junk we forgot to put away last fall.

I watch in awe as the huge snow piles shrink. “Hey, there’s the rake! And I see the wheelbarrow!” Later I called my friend to confess, “I’m so embarrassed. I thought we’d lost a lawn chair last fall, but it emerged from the snow today. And so did our cooler.”

“That’s nothing,” she said. “Our barbecue grill reappeared today, and it still had burgers on it.”

This is why she and I are friends.

TODAY’S ENCOURAGEMENT: Why are we so happy that it’s finally spring? Think about it. Spring means we can add a hundred outside-the-house tasks to the list of a hundred inside-the-house tasks.

I was just about to complain when I came across this quote: “I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.” (Nancie J. Carmody)

Ah. Perspective. I’m thankful, too, to have a home and yes, even thankful for the list. So I’ll clean up the junk and wash the windows. While I’m at it, I’ll take a swipe at the mental cobwebs that have been growing through the winter. Grumbling. Fear. Bitterness. I’ll let in the fresh air of gratitude, hope and forgiveness.

I hear the season echoing the words of the Creator. “The old has gone; the new has come.”New season. Fresh start. Welcome, Spring!

May you be blessed with a fresh start today, and may you be a blessing to everyone you meet.

P.S. Waukesha, WI friends: Come laugh with me at PajamaRama at Ascension Lutheran on Friday, April 1st. Hope to see you there!

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