Monday, January 10, 2011

Spring is Coming

This weekend I had planned a plethora of activity for myself that involved the selling of Girl Scout cookies, the seeing of freinds, a date night with my husband (both the kids got invited to a sleepover, so we had planned to go out alone) and making more necklaces.

Unfortunately, my streak of unhealthiness is lingering on and on.

So, my plans were changed. 

Its just as well...plans change, don't they? I was never more aware as I was Saturday at noon when my mom called to tell me about the tragedy unfolding in my hometown. 

Other than my oldest sister-in-law, all of our extended family lives there... it was surreal to watch an area that I've been to, landscape I know very well, be the focal point of a national tragedy.

My heart was sad. It still is.

All weekend long I sat and sniffled... and crocheted... and listened to the tragic news...and vacillated between heartache and anger... and choosing to believe.

I was trying to make sense of something that cannot be sensical, then I remembered...

Spring is coming...

We won't be able to wrap our head around the sad events in Tucson, and we'll likely not forget. But I do know that God is in the business of making beauty from ashes

So today, I leave you with the words of Steven Curtis Chapman's song, Spring is Coming... (written after he lost his 5 year-old daughter in a tragic accident)




We planted the seed while the tears of our grief soaked the ground 
The sky lost its sun, and the world lost its green to lifeless brown 
Now the chilling wind has turned the earth hard as stone 
And silently seed rise beneath ice and snow 

And my heart's heavy now 
But I'm not letting go of this hope I have that tells me 

Spring is coming, Spring is coming 
And all we've been hoping and longing for soon will appear 
Spring is coming, Spring is coming 
It won't be long now, it's just about here 

Hear the birds start to sing 
Feel the life in the breeze 
Watch the ice melt away 
The kids are coming out to play 

Feel the sun on your skin 
Growing strong and warm again 
Watch the ground: there's something moving 
Something is breaking through 

New life is breaking through 

Spring is coming, Spring is coming 
And all we've been hoping and longing for soon will appear 
Spring is coming, Spring is coming 
And it won't be long now, it's just about here 

Spring is coming, Spring is coming 
(Out of these ashes, beauty will rise) 
And all we've been hoping and longing for soon will appear 
(Sorrow will be turned to joy) 
Spring is coming, Spring is coming 
(All we hoped for soon will appear) 
It won't be long now, it's just about here 
(Out of the dark clouds, beauty will shine) 
(All above in heaven, rejoice) 
(Spring is coming soon) 
(Spring is coming soon)

I believe its true: For those in the wake of tragedy. For those suffering in other ways. 
For me and for you....
Spring is coming.

4 comments:

Kim said...

Beautiful! Love this. Also....how much would it cost to have a hat made. I want one for this spring....for my almost 5 year old (her birthday is February 10...and I want to give it to her then) Something similar in colors to your teapot cozy.....Love the white with bright. Would love for it to have one of your lovely flowers.....will you email and let me know momto5@nc.rr.com

Gretchen said...

Awesome, Kell. And such wisdom. Still...it's hard to wait in all this darkness for spring to arrive.

Alison said...

Kellie..really sorry to be slow to connect the dots and realize that this tragedy was in your home town..sad days for you all. Hope you begin to pick up soon..speak/drink tea soon xx

Carpool Queen said...

Our hope is built on nothing less....