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Life and Hope Renewed

It is finally spring!  We are beginning to see campus open up a bit and carefully planned, small, in-person gatherings reappear on our calendars.  Last week, the Cavalier Social Connection gathered on campus for the first time!  They hosted a coffee and toured the Sacred Grove sculpture.
 
Karinna Levy, Cavalier Social Connection Co-Chair and parent to Anabelle ‘ 26 and Samuel ’26, opened the gathering with a beautiful inspiration, reminded us of all that we have to be grateful for in this season of renewed life.
 
“In search for a meaningful devotion for today I came across these five reflections that captured the spirit of today’s gathering. Spring is a time that invigorates and awakens us.
As we stand here soaking in the beauty of the fresh morning and admiring our “Sacred Grove” – think about how these reflections correlate not only to this season, but also to our minds, hearts and spirit.
 
  1. New life and new beginnings are all around us. Each waking flower is a symbol for something new taking shape within us. 
  2. Everything blooms in its own time. In our lives, just as in nature, patience forms the most beautiful things we experience. (For those who have seen this from concept to reality – this sculpture is a true testament to this.)
  3. Color and light are vital to life. Spring feels good because it reminds us how deeply we need variety and vividness in our surroundings. (From cut willow saplings, this is now sprouting with new life.)
  4. Great things are waiting beneath the surface. Only when the flowers bloom do we realize the potential that existed beneath our feet all this time.
  5. The important things are the simple things. Grass, rainfall, sunlight, a single flower (a willow sapling)– the smallest things matter still, because no one else can experience them for us.
 
“Let us pray.

“God, thank you for this season, thank you for this beautiful space to gather, thank you for the gift of family, community and friendship. May we continue to show gratitude, appreciation, love and respect for all that is around us and for one another.
Amen.”
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