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Topic: Hot and Cold (04/09/09)
TITLE: April's Child
By Miriam Basye-Carter
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Argh! Okay, now my mood is not only dismal, but really bad! Not a good way to begin a Sunday morning, I reflect. I rub the blossoming goose egg on my temple and survey the melancholy landscape as I wait for my husband to find his way out to join me.
Was it just yesterday that I was sinking my fingers into the rich black earth of our garden plot, enjoying the solar rays that seemed to caress my skin? Ah, fickle April! Pleasing one day and teasing the next! I can’t wait to trade your company for that of generous, constant June.
With embarrassment I realize that “April” could be my spiritual name: so often I have left a Sunday morning service aflame with enthusiasm to serve my Lord, aglow with a warmth of compassion for humankind, only to have my fire dim to an ember within a few hours. In fact some days it quickly chills to a glaze of ice if things don’t go my way.
Humbled, I bow my head. Looking deep within myself I find the little spark of God’s love and lift it up to Him. “Please fan this spark back to life, Lord, and I will try to guard the flame today and feed it with the fuel of your Word. I am determined not to be an ‘April’s child’.”
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