Starting Again

O God, Great Mystery of Life, we welcome spring as nature calls forth a new season.

The cold, dark, winter will now gradually leave us and the sights and signs of nature's brilliant return of fresh new life will come.

May we be grateful for the down time; the time to withdraw; retreat; have a time of dormancy.

And, as in the coming of nature's spring, may we embrace newness. The newness of apple blossoms; forsythia, and tulips. The freshness of new grass; wet earth; and and growing sun.

O God, with your presence, and the lessons we learn in the retreat of winter moments, we offer ourselves an openness of fresh new beginnings and starting anew. May our hearts be as filled with optimism as the freshness of a new spring day.