Spring is here. You can feel new life in the scent of the air. Birdsong and spring peepers have returned to Appalachia. I creep onto my deck in the early morning hours, and listen to the birds, eagerly chattering away. I know they’re talking to each other, but to me, they also seem to be praising God.
It’s just like it says in the Akathist of Thanksgiving–“Why is it that on a Feast Day the whole of nature mysteriously smiles?”
And yet this year because of our calendar, we’re not drawing near to a feast.
We’re drawing near to forgiveness and repentance.
This year, we have a unique opportunity to reach out to others and invite them to experience the way to union with God. This year, instead of discussing calendar differences, just ask your neighbor, co-worker, or friend, if they’d like to come to the midnight celebration–when you, the Church, and the whole of nature rejoices together at our deepest and highest moment: Pascha.