This weekend, two major holy days are observed. Jews around the world will be celebrating Passover, while Christians will be observing Easter. (Actually, Eastern Christians will celebrate Easter; Western Christians celebrate Palm Sunday this weekend.)
During these holy days, words like rebirth, renewal and resurrect are part of the daily vocabulary. After all for those who live in the Northern Hemisphere, this IS the time for rebirth, renewal and resurrection. Winter is over; spring has begun. Life is reappearing in the form of buds and bits of green pushing through the dark soil. However, this all happens so fast, that at times it seems we go to bed and when we awake, the world is in full bloom once again.
The key word in that last sentence is "awake." I found it interesting to learn that a synonym for renewal was awakening. When we are fully aware, we are awakened to the life around us. We see what we did not notice before.
This weekend, regardless of what you celebrate, stop for a moment. Close your eyes and take a deep breath of fresh air. Then, awaken to the new life that surrounds you. See the changes - know that the only constant in life is change. Give thanks!
Blessings to all!