Inspiration

Easter Message 1902

“Beloved brethren: May this glad Easter morn find the members of this dear church having a pure peace, a fresh joy, a clear vision of heaven here, — heaven within us, — and an awakened sense of the risen Christ. May long lines of light span the horizon of their hope and brighten their faith with a dawn that knows no twilight and no night. May those who discourse music to-day, sing as the angels heaven’s symphonies that come to earth.

“May the dear Sunday School children always be gathering Easter lilies of love with happy hearts and ripening goodness. To-day may they find some sweet sense and beautiful blossoms in their Leader’s love, which she sends to them this glad morn in the flowers and the cross from Pleasant View, smiling upon them.” (Mary Baker Eddy, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 155)

 

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Winter's Promise

 

The swans are at the lake once more

Like summer’s promise long foretold.

Snow angels floating well off shore

On waters deep and dark and cold.

 

I’ve waited for them every year

With hope and joy, a patience thing.

The creatures we all hold most dear

Can wake in us eternal spring.

 

Renewal’s hint is their domain;

New cygnets will Spring waters glide.

With timid movements they’ll remain

In safety at their mother’s side.

 

These graceful swans reflect, take flight

And rise from lake-side, pure and white.

Their wings flash bright bold blinding light

Against the winter’s somber night.

 

Christian Pascale

(Used by permission of the author)

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The flowers appear

 

The flowers appear on the earth;

the time of the singing of birds is come,

and the voice of the turtle[dove]

is heard in our land.

Song of Solomon 2:12