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The Hope of Spring – A Reflection

February 29, 2020

Today was the first day in months that Denise and I were able to walk into town in months without being blown over by the wind or getting frostbite.

Needless to say, we thoroughly enjoyed the walk along with the opportunity to spend some time with our neighbors! This past weekend we were in San Francisco where we thoroughly enjoyed the warm weather and hanging out with our West Coast friends.

Needless to say, we miss the warmth and hope that it will come back to the Rockies. When I read Thomas Merton’s journal entry from February 25, 1968 found in Volume VII (The Other Side of the Mountain) it resonated with me and our desire to see spring come.

Though it is still cold (with a bitterly biting wind) there were a few moments this afternoon when the coming of spring might almost be credible—perhaps because I so desire it after this cold winter. Out in St. Bernard’s field, just as the clock was striking two, the sound of the bells came clear in a lull of the wind, and, with the wind down, the sun was suddenly warm. Fern-like walnut trees in the hollow stood as if ready for summer, and I looked at the distant valley and at the slight haze in the sky. Perhaps warm weather will once again be possible.

So we wait in anticipation along with Merton for the signs of warmth and spring!

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