At the close of winter and the dawning of spring, new hope is born that love will triumph and peace will cover the earth as wildflowers blanket the land.

Spring has a welcome way of announcing its arrival. Like the tap at the door when a loved one visits, spring greets us with familiarity and liveliness. As birds chirp their return and blossoms bud on tree branches, winter weather ebbs away and sunshine warms the world—all of these are signs to us that the cycle of renewal has begun again. Yesterdays washed away by spring showers bring the promise of new life to us all.

For me, growing up in the Texas Hill Country, it was always the bluebonnets that signaled the start of spring. These lovely flowers sprouting from the rolling fields never fail to fill my heart with hope and expectation.

Texans see a deeper meaning at this sacred moment. Bluebonnets rising up from our native soil teach a simple lesson that out of ordinary dirt, something beautiful can be born.

There is a purity that is bestowed upon us at the beginning of every spring. It leaves us refreshed as if given a second chance, returned to a basic goodness we somehow lost touch with along the winding road of our lives. We can grow toward the Father as a plant grows toward the sun. We can remember to appreciate the process of creation unto itself: the lightness of light, the greenness of green, the warmness of warmth.




Jonathan Martin received a degree in Interdisciplinary studies from Naropa University with an emphasis in World Religion and Psychology. An accomplished writer his lyrics have been set to music by composers such as Brad Nix, Victor Johnson, John Purifoy, Jon Paige and his father Joseph Martin. Jonathan lives in Austin, Texas.


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