Different faith traditions in the northern hemisphere mark the turn differently, but there are interesting themes that link Passover, Easter, and other spring-time festivals including those that celebrate the Vernal Equinox – Spring’s entrance and the fastest increase in daylight from day to day.
In Passover, families gather and recall the great work of God to bring the children of Abraham out of their captivity and exile. It is a celebration of deliverance, and of belonging. Easter is the key moment in the sweep of what Christian’s call the “paschal mystery,” the sweeping entrance of God into human experience – even death – and triumph over death in newness of life, resurrection, and the birth of the Christian community. These are powerful themes echoed in the nature-rooted traditions which dance around the Maypole.
Are you excited? Are you ready? How will it feel as the coldness of winter fades, the daffodils, tulips, and lilies trumpet in bloom, our clothing shifts and flip flops become a reasonable thought?
Has it been a difficult period? Are you in need of assistance? Is it hard for you to match the upward momentum of the calendar’s Spring celebrations?
The Caron Connection is published monthly to cultivate a sense of shared belonging, but also to provide a context for our mutual support and encouragement. Whatever your spiritual tradition may be, whether you seek wisdom only through a 12-step program and its specific literature, or from one of the various wisdom ways that inhabit our world, we are privileged and blessed to have you be a part of our diverse community.
Take time, perhaps in sync with one of the holiday traditions, or perhaps on your own, as you see a robin, cardinal, daffodil, or tulip, to allow yourself moments of dawning celebration or exuberant praise and thanksgiving. Let’s celebrate our recoveries, new and ongoing! We are truly people who have made it through, who know deliverance from captivity and exile, who have found newness of life.