Today is Good Friday and this is the most Holy Week for most Christians.
It's hard to take Christianity seriously, however (even for a Christian), when the leader of the largest Christian body is under fire for being an enabler of pedophiles and another high profile Christian is getting court approval for disrupting the funeral services of U. S. service members because of his misguided homophobia.
So my Easter message is just one about hope and renewal. From nature. From my backyard. Each of these pictures was taken yesterday. Within a few days all of these plants will look different.
Here are the "fiddle heads" of a Christmas fern.
Hostas quickly springing up.
The tips of columbine, one of my favorites, you know if you have followed this blog each spring.
A tulip, lagging behind the rest of its brethren.
A Japanese maple. It sits at the edge of my waterless pond in my tiny Japanese garden.
This Lady Banks rose will have thousands of yellow blooms next week. I think it likes the bamboo structure I built to hold it up, but the structure will need reinforcement this year.
Next week wisteria will be blooming all over this place. I love it for two weeks out of the year. I battle it for 50 weeks out of the year.
This is a sassafras bud. Next week it will have odd little flowers and later the mitten like leaves.
So, celebrate Spring. Celebrate Easter. Celebrate renewal in your life, your relationships, your health, your surroundings. Let this be the beginning of a year in which we see the fruits of the hope we have been anticipating during the previous year.