As I walked through Durham today my attention was not caught by the bridges or the Cathedral towering over the city, but by the new leaves unfurling on the trees, and the freshly washed verges, where spring flowers and shoots were beginning to show. For once I stopped and breathed for long enough to catch a glimpse of the presence of God coursing through creation, bringing fresh life to the earth. I was struck by the fact that every spring trees receive a new cloak of leaves, and though they might be similar to last years cloaks, they will not be the same...
A fore taste of the new earth to come:
1 I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth were completely gone. There was no longer any sea.
2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem. It was coming down out of heaven from God. It was prepared like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
3 I heard a loud voice from the throne. It said, "Now God makes his home with people. He will live with them. They will be his people. And God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or sadness. There will be no more crying or pain. Things are no longer the way they used to be."
5 He who was sitting on the throne said, "I am making everything new!"
Picture: Best Spring Trees by Julie Haskell
the year turns on
and as the sap rises
of a new season
begins to unfurl
in paper thin leaves,
and blossoms pregnant
to new birth
by a powerful
here Ruach's breath
wooing her with warmth
her clean with
if we are attentive,
she might refresh us too...