As he drove away, Big Girl said, "Mom! Look at the flowers starting to come up in the garden!"
But, the fact is, the garden isn't really empty, and it's not yucky. (Brown, I'll give ya'.) But even that brown has a purpose. Those yucky-looking leaves are decomposing, making the soil richer, just as our sacrifices make our souls richer. The leaves give a better crop of flowers, and the sacrifices enable us to reap a beautiful crop of grace and blessings. And the garden isn't really empty. Those tiny shoots are coming out, reminding us that Spring is coming. It's nearly here! cry out the tulip shoots.
Just as the garden has tiny shoots of green to let us know Spring is nearly here - we can make it! - Lent is a time that reminds us that the Spring of Easter is nearly here. We can make it! And not just through the sacrifices (as minor as they are when you keep things in perspective), but through life itself. As the green shoots of the crocus plants are a sign of the hope of Spring, Lent is a sign - the very ashes on our foreheads, the first sign - of the hope of our resurrection. Easter is nearly here! Christ is nearly here! He is near! We can make it!
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