Hope Springs Eternal

by | May 10, 2023

March 29, 2023

Early springtime has arrived in the Northeast accompanied by sounds of red-winged blackbirds calling from the air and spring peepers croaking from the ponds.

photo of a red winged blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird” by Mimi Ditchie is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Crocuses in bloom splash purple into the otherwise dormant garden bed. Daffodil shoots rise out of the earth–the buds small and closed–protecting, concealing the flower that will emerge. Tree branches burst into buds, grass becomes greener, the sun glows warmer.

bright purple crocuses

purple crocuses” by mclcbooks is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

In the book Weekly Meditations: Rudolf Steiner’s Calendar of the Soul with Accompanying Reflections by Patsy Scala, this week’s verse and reflection parallel the arrival of spring with the advent of the resurrection mirrored in our souls.

The verse by Rudolf Steiner reads:

         The senses’ riches pour

         Into my inner being.

         The world spirit finds itself

         Mirrored in the human eye,

         Which out of this spirit

         Must ever create its strength anew.

Patsy Scala’s comment on this verse reads:

“The world pours itself into us in the loving, erotic dance of creation: the holy dance of beginning. And we know that the beauty of renewed light, the fragile shoots of newly emerging flowers, and the gentle return of warmth, all point to the truth that springtime’s riches will always arise out of winter’s grave. And out of the daily deaths in our own lives, there will always be a resurrection into new life.”

No matter how cold or long the winter was, or how difficult it may have been to endure, hope springs eternal. Spring always arrives. And with it, new colors, sounds, fragrances manifest. New opportunities, new insights, new experiences present themselves to us, too.

photo of a frog in the grass

Spring Peeper 1” by Keith T. Robinson is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Patsy Scala ends each weekly reflection with an intention. For this week (Week 51), she writes,

“This week I will rejoice in Earth’s new life. I will sense the incomparable feeling of this life. I will invite it to excite my soul, and to fill my senses. I will be open to all the wonders offered to me by an awakening world.”

May we fill our senses this spring season with Earth’s new life. And may we be open to the wonders this “awakening world” so graciously, generously, and lovingly offers to us.